Story last updated at 3:51 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2002

Warship surprise
Dear Editor,

I am concerned about a recent article in your paper. Three war ships from Japan can sail into Homer and the Coast Guard didn't know about it? They had to call the harbormaster to find out what was going on. Didn't the Coast Guard just receive a huge funding increase to provide heightened harbor security? And they didn't notice three war ships? What would it take to catch their attention? I'm guessing some of those terroristic longliners and rogue-nation sport boats out there will receive more "random" boardings and harassment. I'm glad to know our harbors are now secure.

Brian Howard

Editor's note: Coast Guard and military officials at headquarters elsewhere in Alaska were aware of the planned Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces training mission up Cook Inlet, even though there apparently was no public notice that they might stop in Kachemak Bay to take on an Inlet pilot.

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