Navy Units Prepare to Support Tsunami-Damaged Areas


Story Number: NNS110311-15Release Date: 3/11/2011 3:50:00 PM
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From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- U.S. Pacific Fleet ships in the Western Pacific were converging on Japan to be in the best position to help those in areas damaged by the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

They include the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which departed Southern California waters on March 5 for a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Reagan is the flagship of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, which includes USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Preble (DDG 88). All three ships were headed to Honshu's east coast. It is too early to say what they will be tasked with once they arrive.

USS Essex (LHD 2), also forward deployed to Sasebo, had just arrived in Malaysia, but is getting ready to return to Japan to rendezvous with USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and USS Germantown (LSD 42) off Tokyo to prepare for any humanitarian assistance/disaster relief duties.

USS Tortuga (LSD 46), a dock landing ship that carries helicopters and landing craft to support amphibious operations, left its forward deployed port of Sasebo in Southern Japan last evening to embark MH-53 heavy lift helicopters.

USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), the U.S. Seventh Fleet command ship, had arrived in Singapore yesterday for a port visit, but immediately changed its focus to loading humanitarian assistance/disaster relief equipment and preparing to return to Japan to provide support as directed.

"We obviously have huge sympathy for the people of Japan, and we are prepared to help them in any way we possibly can," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a statement. "It's obviously a very sophisticated country, but this is a huge disaster and we will do all, anything we are asked to do to help out."

Supporting Video:

NAF Misawa:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwY2lmgxEvM;



USS Blue Ridge:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_lAVqpc3dg;



For more information from Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visit www.cpf.navy.mil.

For more news from Pacific Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cpf/.

STORY COMMENTS7 COMMENTS
3/15/2011 12:14:00 AM
Good Luck and Be Safe. GO NAVY!

3/14/2011 8:37:00 PM
Itīs really amazing how fast and prompt the US Navy (and other forces as well) has given Humanitarian Relief not only in Japan, but Haiti, Indonesia,Pakistan and wherever thereīs a natural disaster, with so an accurate,timely and perfect logistics, no other country is able to match. All americans will for sure be remembered thereafter for long. I only regret that the (US) press does not show to the rest of the world what the amercan forces have done and are doing in this respect.

3/14/2011 5:01:00 PM
Thank you very much for your providing your super support to Japan. I'm Japanese but I live in Sweden due to my business. Please help my friend as much as possible instead of me. However please don't injure yourself. I don't like anyone to lose our friend in the world. Once I really appreciate your help.

3/14/2011 3:43:00 PM
Our sailors are a great gift to the world. They deserve all the support, credit and respect we can give them. GO NAVY!

3/13/2011 9:45:00 PM
When I see folks like these giving relief supplies to our Japanese friends not only does it make me proud to be American it makes me damn proud to be a retired Navyman! I wish I could be over there with you guys and gals, BRAVO ZULU TO ALL!

3/13/2011 2:20:00 PM
Hello everybody I feel the main problem of japanese nuclear power plants is the lack of electrical power with the result of disfuntional cooling. Please think of sending a nuclear submarine as a "swimming" power plant to avoid further overheating of the core. Thank you for your verification if this can be done or not. Best Regards from Switzerland Christian Link

3/13/2011 11:23:00 AM
First and foremost, to the aid of peoples wherever they might be in their time of need. If Obama and Gates could transform the War on Terror to missions of assistance so as to put military budgets into more meaningful applications that one and all would support. Go navy...

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110311-N-5716H-292 SINGAPORE (March 11, 2011) Sailors assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) load humanitarian assistance supplies in Singapore to ensure the ship and crew are ready if directed to support earthquake and tsunami relief operations in Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Josh Huebner/Released)
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