Ryukyu Shimpo gave front-page play to a report on base security drills held at the Naha Port Facility by the U.S. Army on Thursday afternoon, saying that armed U.S. soldiers were visible patrolling the facility from Route 331. Ryukyu Shimpo published a color photo of a soldier allegedly pointing his gun at its photographer. The daily said that although the U.S. military gave prior notice of the drills to the Okinawa Defense Bureau, the Japanese side was not informed that the soldiers would be armed. According to Okinawa prefecture, the 835th Transportation Battalion stationed at the Naha Port Facility conducted the training, which was one of the regular U.S. military exercises. Okinawa Times also reported on the drill.