The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan has arrived in Japan. Fleet officials revealed on Saturday that more units belonging to the 7th Fleet are due to arrive over the weekend to provide assistance to areas that have been devastated by the tsunami that followed the magnitude-8.9 earthquake off the northeastern coast of Japan on Friday afternoon.
In an update on their Facebook page, the 7th Fleet shared that the crews of two SH-60 Seahawk helicopters, along with Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 14, delivered 1,500 pounds of rice and bread to Shiroishi City in the Miyagi prefecture in Japan. The donations came from the residents of Ebina City.
The squadron is based at the Naval Air Facility Atsugi.
The USS Ronald Reagan, as well as its carrier strike group, including the cruiser Chancellorsville, destroyer Preble and combat support ship Bridge, arrived in the east coast of Honshu early Sunday Japan time. The aircraft carrier’s substantial flight deck will serve as a refueling point for Japan Self Defense Force and other helicopters. U.S. Pacific Fleet officials revealed that the USS Ronald Reagan will begin to assist later Sunday.
Fleet officials shared further that the destroyers McCampbell and Curtis Wilbur were near Miyagi. The destroyers will help Japanese authorities in searh-and-rescue operations at sea, as well as recovery missions.
The amphibious assault ship Essex, which is based in Japan, will cut a scheduled liberty stop in Malaysia to help with relief efforts in Japan. On board are Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit; it left Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, on Saturday, and is expected to arrive at the east coast of Honshu on March 17.