U.S. Marines Launch Operation Tomodachi to Provide Aid to Disaster Stricken Japan

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Guam – Marines and sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force are actively providing support for foreign humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in mainland Japan.  The operation, known as Tomodachi, means “friends” in Japanese, and was chosen by Japan.

(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Dengrier M. Baez/Released)

Read the PowerPoint describing Operation Tomodachi

The operation includes Marines from Futenma Air Station in okinawa where the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force is loading palettes of food, water and medical supplies into KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft on the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma flight line to provide assistance in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last Friday.

The aircraft carries more than 8,600 pounds of supplies to assist the victims of the disaster. Marines will work through the night loading planes with more supplies and personnel to be delivered to affected areas.

The proximity of Marine aviation assets at MCAS Futenma has allowed Marines from III MEF to rapidly deploy critically-needed supplies and aid to areas that need it most.