pan's cargo helicopter carrier may not be the biggest, fastest or most powerful war ship to sail the seas. But it just maybe the cleanest. The 800 foot cargo is a new member of Japan's maritime self defence force, entering service only last year and the 500 strong crew, works hard to keep it pristine.
According to Reuters Tim Kelly who rode along on a recent goodwill voyage to Sri Lanka.>> They keep the vessel spotlessly clean every day. 7 o'clock everyone in the crew picks up a broom, picks up a duster, picks up a mop and they clean the ship from top to bottom.
>> The daily cleaning ritual includes the obvious tasks like dusting, sweeping, and freshening up the toilets. But the crew are also battling the elements. Besides rinsing the decks of salt spray, they also polish the brass door fittings with petroleum jelly to keep corrosion at bay. The Kaga's officers tackle their cleaning responsibilities with military precision.
There's even a daily meeting to make sure everything is being kept ship-shape. According to Rear Admiral Katsuya Fukuda, there's more at stake here than shiny floors.>>
> I bath everyday and I use salt water to conserve fresh water since we have a limited supply.>> After a nine-day jump through Asia, the Kaga finally docks in Sri Lanka, that means shortly for the crew.
Beauty itself is important, but keeping the ship beautiful means we can use it for a long time. And, they were also very aware of the condition of the entire vessel.>> The Kaga's crew shape their lives around the commitment to cleanliness, eating is only allowed in living quarters and the mess.
And after dinner, it's time for the crew to clean themselves up with the traditional Japanese bath.>>
But before anyone thinks about shopping or drinks at a local bar, every sailor on Japan's cleanest ship, must do their duty and take out the trash.