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[4778 x 7168] YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 2, 2021) – Seven Sailors and civilians, originally from Cote d’Ivoire, the Philippines, Sierra Leone and Taiwan, take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony aboard the Japanese Memorial Ship Mikasa.

[4778 x 7168] YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 2, 2021) – Seven Sailors and civilians, originally from Cote d’Ivoire, the Philippines, Sierra Leone and Taiwan, take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony aboard the Japanese Memorial Ship Mikasa.

72killertomato

This is a... Peculiar setting for a US naturalization ceremony


wowowow864921

With the setting I thought it was a Japanese naturalization ceremony for a second and was very confused why the one was wearing a US mask. Didn't seem like a good choice to celebrate becoming Japanese, lol.


ReactorMechanic

[Source](https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6672601/naturalization-ceremony-aboard-japanese-memorial-ship-mikasa) 210602-N-HH215-1033 YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 2, 2021) – Seven Sailors and civilians take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony aboard the Japanese Memorial Ship *Mikasa*. After the Oath of Allegiance, these seven candidates originally from Cote d’Ivoire, the Philippines, Sierra Leone and Taiwan became naturalized citizens of the United States of America. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler R. Fraser)


imgurian_defector

i didn't know there are naturalization ceremonies outside the US.


reddit_pengwin

Most countries have some form of naturalization process, and most of them end with some form ceremony to pledge loyalty to your new homeland.


imgurian_defector

right but i didn't know the US does the actual ceremonies in a foreign country as well. i had actually thought the photos showed foreigners getting naturalized as Japanese citizens at first glance.


reddit_pengwin

Yokosuka is a major USN base, probably the largest in the region. Considering how long the US-Japanese alliance has been running, I think Mikasa is a nice venue for this kind event. Lends a bit more decorum to it than doing it in a USN office, or aboard a serving USN ship.


ReactorMechanic

Don't let the news and our own vocal politicians fool you; America still gets a lot of things right.


imgurian_defector

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Doesntpoophere

Love that you got more upvotes for the same comment, but made later :)


Doesntpoophere

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Captain-titanic

I think they were more referring to how one would assume they would only do naturalization ceremonies in us because you are becoming a citizen of the us


ReactorMechanic

Yeah, and all I was saying was even though it seems weird to go the extra mile to do it here, we do it anyway. But I said something positive about the US on Reddit, and you see the result...


Captain-titanic

You didn’t get downvoted for saying something positive about the us you got downvoted for saying something completely off topic


ReactorMechanic

How's that off-topic? The guy seemed surprised that we go to extra lengths to facilitate immigration by naturalizing citizens outside US territory. Based on all the coverage of the US in the last five years, you'd assume the entire government apparatus was against almost any form of gaining citizenship. I was simply pointing out a positive countervailing point.


zirconic1

My guess is that some of them are the spouses of US service members.


realparkingbrake

I'm a bit surprised at the state of *Mikasa,* it looks like it isn't being kept up during the pandemic. Photos from a few years ago don't show all that rust and deteriorated decking.


OldWrangler9033

Wow, your right. She is in bad shape. That's not good.


stinky99tomato

Welcome to the party.