Roamy here. I hear a lot about the ongoing battle in the Fukushima reactor but not much about the ongoing humanitarian effort in the earthquake/tsunami-affected areas. So let’s give credit where credit is due.
A good source has been the Seventh Fleet webpage, where we find that USS Fitzgerald has delivered 30 pallets of donated goods, sailors and airmen from Misawa helped at a child care house, and Marines operating from USS Essex delivered supplies by CH-53E Super Stallion and CH-46E Sea Knight. And, oh yeah, helping at Fukushima, too.
Currently, 19 ships, 133 aircraft and 18,165 personnel of the Fleet are operating in support of Operation Tomodachi. Since the operation started, U.S. 7th Fleet forces have delivered more than 240 tons of HA/DR supplies to survivors of the tsunami and earthquake, in support of Japan Self Defense Force efforts.
“Tomodachi” means “friend”. Y’all make me proud. Please, carry on.