Marines assisting in worst parts of Japan


A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter lands at an improvised landing zone in Sendai, Japan, on Monday. The area was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami last week. (Photo by Master Sgt. Leo Salinas)

The devastation in northern Japan following last week’s tsunami and earthquake is still becoming apparent, but Marines are heavily involved in the relief effort, officials said.

Marine officials said today that Marines stationed at Camp Fuji deported today for Yamagata, Japan, in support of Operation Tomodachi, the relief effort launched following the disaster. III Marine Expeditionary Force has established a forward headquarters at Yamagata Airport to provide humanitarian assistance.

About 588 Marines, sailors and civilians from III MEF and Marine Corps Bases Japan are currently deployed in support of Tomodachi, officials said. Humanitarian assistance survey teams from III MEF reviewed heavily damaged areas in Sendai, Japan, on Wednesday. The area was among the most devastated by the tsunami.


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