Via U.S. Pacific Command. Items in bold highlighted by JSW.

Updated as of 12:39 a.m. HST March 25, 2011An Operations Update on the Relief Effort in Japan

U.S. Air Force

  • PACAF has generated 265 sorties moving 3,315 passengers and more than 2,512 short tons (5,025,600 million lbs) of cargo in support of Japan Relief Efforts.
  • Number of AF Personnel deployed in support of relief operations:  698
  • Number of PACAF aircraft deployed in support of relief operations:  18
  • PACAF generated 4 sorties and moved 47.2 short tons (94,400 lbs) of cargo.
  • USAF C-17 delivered 5 generators, 4 reverse osmosis water purification systems and 4 individual storage units from Andersen to Yokota
  • USAF C-130 delivered 4 passengers and 5 pallets of waters from Kadena to Sendai
  • USAF C-17 delivered H2O purification equipment from Andersen to Misawa
  • USAF C-130 delivered fuel bladders to Misawa
  • USAF C-130 delivered 3 diesel fuel bladders from Yokota to Sendai
  • USAF HH-60 flew GoJ/USAID/UN/DART to survey Sendai and Ishinomaki areas

U.S. Marine Corps

  • Marines Are Located At Mcas Iwakuni, Yokota Air Base, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Camp Sendai, and Yamagata Air Field.

U.S. Army

  • Close to 350 volunteers departed from Camp Zama, which will complete the entire list of expected voluntary departures.
  • 458 U.S. Army Japan personnel are supporting Operation Tomodachi as well as 1,000 national labor contractors.
  • Freezing temperatures and snow reduce aviation operations in support of Operation Tomodachi.
  • 10 water trailers have been released from APS for emergency use at Camp Zama. Bottled water was distributed for a second day.  Commissary rations bottled water to three cases per person.

U.S. Navy

  • Seventh Fleet forces continued sustainment of life efforts in support of Operation Tomodachi.  Currently, 19 ships, 140 aircraft and 18,282 personnel are in the area of operation.  In the past 24 hours, the fleet scheduled 22 aid flights for Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HA/DR) supply deliveries.
  • Commander Task Force 76 (CTF 76) conducted diving operations in Hachinohe investigating the harbor area and also the Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) pier.  USNS Safeguard with the embarked Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One arrived in Hachinohe to assist with clearing debris from the harbor.  In the days ahead both  Safeguard and USS Tortuga (LSD 46) will work with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and local authorities to clear the ports at Hachinohe, Miyako, Kamaishi, Ofonato, and Sendai from debris and other navigational hazards.  In Hachinohe alone there are 700 shipping containers and 200 fishing boats that are missing, many of which are sunk and could impede ships from safely entering or leaving the harbor.
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) sent hygienic HADR supplies to Matsushima airport in support of 2,000 tsunami and earthquake victims there.  The hygiene supplies were specifically requested by the Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces liaison personnel.
  • Seventh Fleet continues to align its efforts in support of the Japan Self Defense Forces.  To further coordinate delivery of relief supplies between the forces, a three man liaison officer team from the 31st Maritime Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will join the 4th Division Japan Ground Self Defense Force, while similar team of liaison officers from the 4th Division JGSDF will join the 31st MEU.
  • USNS Rappahannack (T-AO-204) and USNS Mathew Perry (T-AKE-9) have distributed all available Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief supplies as well as shipboard stores and fuel and are en route Sasebo to replenish both.
  • A “HELP, WATER” sign, painted in a parking lot of a school, was captured by a P-3 (Orion) reconnaissance flight dispatched from the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).  This information was immediately forwarded to the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force who forwarded HADR supplies to the location.
  • Yesterday, a P-3 “Orion” aircraft from Misawa took Electro Optical (EO) images of areas in and around Hachinohe, Kuji, Shimanokoshi, Omoto, Taro, Miyako, Kamaishi and Ofunato, finding three new landing zones with groups of displaced people.  All imagery from these flights is shared with the Japan Self Defense Forces.
  • USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), flagship for the United States Seventh Fleet, departed White Beach, Okinawa, after onloading supplies and additional personnel to augment the staff.
  • During the 11 days since Operation Tomodachi started, U.S. 7th Fleet forces have delivered 438,645 lbs. of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies to survivors of the tsunami and earthquake, in support of Japan Self Defense Force efforts.
  • USS Lassen was detached from USS George Washington (CVN 73) escort duty and arrived in Sasebo 25 March for resupply and required maintenance.
  • The USS John McCain (DDG 56) has joined the USS Reuben James (FFG 57) in escort duties to the USS George Washington (CVN 73).  The George Washington is operating off the coast of Japan in support of Operation Tomodachi.  The USS Stockdale (DDG 106) is scheduled to arrive on the 27th of March and relieve the McCain and James.
  • The 31st MEU supplied 24 pallets of water, totaling 6 tons, to  earthquake and tsunami impacted areas around Sendai.
  • Commander Task Force 76 (CTF 76) Mobile Underwater Demolition Unit 5, Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF)divers conducted diving operations in Hachinohe investigating the harbor area and also the Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) pier.  USNS Safeguard is on station in Hachinohe to assist with clearing debris from the harbor. Clearance of the LNG pier was completed today and is critical to supplying northern areas of Japan with fuel for heating.
  • Seventh Fleet continues to align its efforts in support of the Japan Self Defense Forces.  To further coordinate delivery of relief supplies between the forces, a three man liaison officer team from the 31st Maritime Expeditionary Unit (MEU) joined the 4th Division Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF), while similar team of liaison officers from the 4th Division JGSDF joined the 31st MEU.  Additional LNO teams were dispatched from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) to the 2nd, 6th and 9th Division (JGSDF) which are operating in the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis areas.
  • In the days ahead both  Safeguard and USS Tortuga (LSD 46) will work with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and local authorities to clear the ports at Hachinohe, Miyako, Kamaishi, Ofonato, and Sendai from debris and other navigational hazards.  In Hachinohe alone there are 700 shipping containers and 200 fishing boats that are missing, many of which are sunk and could impede ships from safely entering or leaving the harbor.
  • Two U.S. Navy barges, each capable of containing 350,000 gallons of fresh water, were prepared and filled at Yokosuka and released to the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) for towing to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.  This effort is in support of the plant shifting cooling of the damaged reactors from salt water to fresh water.
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