Amphibs, Carriers and Command Ships Responding to Japanese Tsunami

Here’s a quick rundown of the tech the U.S. military is sending to help in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami that just hit Japan. From a Pentagon news release:

  • The USS Tortuga, in Sasebo, Japan, is preparing to load landing craft and to leave for the disaster areas as early as this evening.
  • The USS Essex, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, this morning. The ship is preparing to depart as early as this evening.
  • The USS Blue Ridge, in Singapore, is taking on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies and preparing to depart tomorrow morning.
  • The USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group, at sea in the western Pacific on its way to Korea, can respond if directed.

So far, there are no reports of U.S. military casualties or major damage to American military equipment in Japan.

Here’s a Pentagon update on the impact to U.S. military installations in the region:

  • Ships in port in Yokosuka stationed linehandlers to adjust to water-level changes in Yokosuka harbor. No damage has been reported to any of the ships.
  • Ships in Guam have been directed to leave if possible, or to recall personnel and adjust lines during changes in sea level.
  • Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force headquarters in Misawa was briefly evacuated. It is without power and operating from a generator.
  • Amphibious Force headquarters in White Beach, Okinawa, moved its watch to higher ground at Kadena Air Base in preparation for a forecasted tsunami.
  • Belesari

    Both the Essex and the Tortuga are about to have one hell of a buisy weekend.

    Good luck ya’ll. Its a mess.

  • blight

    Off topic, South Korea will have to step up and watch for random North Korean stupidity, taking advantage of one of their neighbors weakness.

    Let’s hope that things don’t get any worse than they already are…

  • Mitch S.

    I read that on Guam two subs broke loose from their moorings and had to be corralled by tugs.

  • robert mackey

    god bless our troops/and navy and god speed to japan to help out closest friends,and allies there,we hope the best for the great people of japan,in there time of need robert mackey anchorage alaska

  • Dennis Gladieux

    This kind of rapid, ready, response, is what a peace keeping military is famous for may God always give us the courage to maintain a force like this.

  • Scott Garig

    We need to stop sending $$$ to our enemies and put it into building our Navy back up!

    Otherwise at the rate we are going, Red China will have the world’s largest navy and we will be subservient to them - our nightmare will spread from Washington DC to beyond our shores. . .

  • M4gnetic

    Anyone else think that the vessel in the picture looks like a rusty piece of shit?

  • blight

    Update: Apparently there is word of radioactivity causing American vessels to reposition…