KURE, Japan -
USS Mustin’s (DDG 89) Chief Petty Officers (CPO) Mess donated a
lanyard for a replica bell to the Yamato Museum Sept. 20.
The Yamato Museum is a tribute to the
famous WWII battleship and flagship of the Imperial Japanese Navy
The handmade lanyard was affixed onto
the museum’s replica bell by Chief Boatswain’s Mate (SW) Adam
Melancon and Chief Ship’s Serviceman (SW) Warren Brown of Mustin’s
“At some point in time our Command
Master Chief had gone over to the museum and she came back and told
us how the bell simply had a piece of rope attached to it and she
asked the mess if we could do anything to help out,” said Melancon.
“After that I flipped through one of the many books of knots I have
and then found a pattern I liked then I started making the lanyard
from quarter inch five strand nylon rope.”
To many of Mustin’s CPO Mess the
lanyard symbolized more than just four hours worth of work and more
than just a gift to the museum.
“Donating that lanyard was an
opportunity to contribute something special to a significant piece
of history,” said Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Sean Craft.
The less than two pound lanyard also
had a special meaning to the Museum’s Curator Hisao Michinaga.
“It was a surprise for me and I’m very
thankful the U.S. Navy ship has come all the way from Yokosuka to
present the lanyard,” said Michinaga. “Our old lanyard was a bit
damaged and I’m very happy a beautifully handcrafted lanyard is now
hanging from our replica bell.”
Mustin has traveled more than 400 miles
from Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka to reach the Japan Maritime
Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Base Kure to strengthen interoperability
with the JMSDF and to reinforce cultural relations with their host
nation of Japan.