March 17, 2011
Currently the following Navy assets are participating from the DON Press Release.
Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group:
o USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)
o USS Chancellorsville (CG 62)
o USS Preble (DDG 88 )
o USS Cowpens (CG 63)
o USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10)
ï‚§ March 17 (JST): Helicopters from the USS Ronald Reagan strike group and Carrier Air Wing
Five (CVW 5) in Atsugi conducted 10 helicopter sorties today, delivering 10 tons of food and
water to relief sites ashore. A total of 40 tons of aid has been delivered to date. Aircraft and
surface ships also continued to conduct coastal search and rescue operations at sea and along
the Miyagi and Iwate coasts.
o USS Tortuga (LSD 46)
ï‚§ March 17 (JST): USS Tortuga (LSD 46) anchored early this morning in Ominato in northern
Honshu, delivering 93 vehicles and 273 Japan Ground Self Defense Force ashore via Landing
Craft Unit (LCU) transfer. The ship transported the soldiers and their vehicles from
Tomakomai, Hokkaido, to assist with the disaster recovery efforts. The ship will also
transport 5,000 bottles of water and 5,000 Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) to Misawa for further
distribution to people in need.
o USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49)
o USS Germantown (LSD 42)
o USS Essex (LHD 2)
ï‚§ March 17 (JST): USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and USS Germantown
(LSD 42) with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are in the Sea of Japan and will
arrive off the coast of Akita prefecture tomorrow morning to await further tasking. Marines
of the 31st MEU have established a Forward Control Element (FCE) in Yamagata. The west
coast of Honshu affords greater access to undamaged ports and roads, fewer navigational
hazards, and prevailing winds that are upwind of the Fukushima power plant.
o USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19)
ï‚§ March 17: Conducted personnel and supply transfers in the vicinity of Okinawa this morning
and is continuing north.
Ships Forward Deployed in Yokosuka, Japan:
o USS McCampbell (DDG 85)
o USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54)
o USS McCain (DDG-56)
o USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62)
o USS Mustin (DDG 89)
ï‚§ Continuing to assist Japanese authorities with providing at-sea search and rescue and
o Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-72)
ï‚§ March 17: Two P-3 Orion aircraft conducted aerial survey missions today in northern
Honshu. CTF-72 completed a relocation today of these two aircraft and four aircrews from
Kadena Air Base in Okinawa to Misawa Air Base.
o Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5)
ï‚§ March 17: In addition to helping with the Ronald Reagan strike groupâ€™s relief efforts, CVW 5
began the relocation of more than 50 tactical fixed-wing aircraft normally assigned to USS
George Washington from Naval Air Faculty (NAF) Atsugi to bases in Okinawa and Guam in
order to free up more ramp space at Atsugi that might be need to support ongoing
There is coverage here, here and here and there are a ton of pictures here.
The Australian is now reporting that the Japanese Government is asking for US military assistance with the worrisome situation at Fukushima. Also there are reports that US military personnel were involved in putting out one of the reactor fires.
There is an overview of radiation readings from around Japan here.
On top of everything else, the snow is a most unwelcome addition.
Operation Tomodachi logo via Chizumatic.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, although things are indeed bad and the damage is horrific, there is progress being made.
Japanese civil engineers FTW!
Three days, 23 1/2 hours later and they've already got the median hedge planted!
That picture of the roadworks, though - it's a bit misleading because the positions are different. The major damage is in the middle distance in the second picture, and you can't really see it.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thu Mar 17 22:01:27 2011 (PiXy!)
Makes me feel embarassed if I get upset about anything even momentarily.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thu Mar 17 22:03:43 2011 (PiXy!)
See, the blogosphere WORKS!
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu Mar 17 22:05:52 2011 (EJaOX)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Fri Mar 18 00:10:41 2011 (+rSRq)
The logo is great! Not only would I like to see it as the shoulder patch ala Pixy, but I think it would make a great campaign ribbon afterwards!
Hopefully Japan rebuilds stronger and better then before. All the best to them.
Posted by: Nemo at Fri Mar 18 08:58:30 2011 (WmlpU)
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