Operation Tomodachi
Operation Tomodachi

Operation Tomodachi

With almost 40,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan, the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami is unique in that U.S. forces and associated resources were located in close proximity to deal with the crisis. All Services—Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force—are present in Japan in various capacities. In addition, U.S. forces train regularly with their Japanese Self Defense Force (SDF) counterparts, including many humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercises.


 Operation Tomodachi Earthquake/Tsunami News Articles

Engineman 2nd Class Ryan Grubbs directs LCU 1634 as it brings Sailors and Marines ashore to help with continuing disaster relief
Sailors move a fork lift truck aboard the dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42)
USS Blue Ridge
The Papa flag is flown above U.S. 7th Fleet command flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) to recall all personnel
Sailors assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) load humanitarian assistance supplies.
 U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departs Singapore.
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is currently underway in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility in the Pacific Ocean.
USS Essex
Sailors assigned to USS Essex (LHD 2) and Marines from the 31st MEU return to the ship at Sepangar Naval Base
Sailors on the bridge of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) navigate the ship to the coast of Japan.
An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter transports humanitarian assistance supplies.
A member of a Navy radiological assistance team, undergoes a radiological scan after arriving on the flight deck of USS Essex
USS Essex (LHD 2) in support of Operation Tomodachi
Radiological control technicians inspect cargo for possible low-level radioactive contamination
U.S. Marines and a member of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force unload humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies
Sailors with Amphibious Squadron 11 direct Japanese utility repair vehicles onto Landing Craft Unit 1634.
Sailors attached to USS Essex (LHD 2) move a fishing boat from a harbor on Oshima Island, Japan.
USS Essex (LHD 2) transits in formation as JS Hyuga (DDH 181) transits in the background.
USS Essex (LHD 2) to offload vehicles from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
USS Fitzgerald
Sailors aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) pass boxes of humanitarian aid supplies to an SH-60 Seahawk
USS Germantown (LSD 42)
Marines board a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter on the flight deck of USS Essex (LHD 2
Sailors work on lines aboard USS Germantown (LSD 42)
USS John S McCain
The crew of one of USS John S. McCain's (DDG 56) rigid-hull inflatable boats
A rigid hull inflatable boat from USS John S McCain's is lowered into the water to transfer supply parts to USS Curtis Wilbur
USS Lassen
USS Lassen
USS McCampbell
Japan Ground-Self Defense Force vehicles
An aerial view of damage to North Honshu, Japan after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake
USS McCampbell (DDG 85) crew members work to bring on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies
USS Preble
An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter lifts off from the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) after refueling.
USS Shiloh
Sailors aboard USS Shiloh (CG 67) load boxes of Meals Ready-to-Eat onto an SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter.

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