East Japan Earthquake    March 11, 2011

US Navy to join MSDF in search for missing

March 13, 2011

 US Navy ships, including an aircraft carrier, will join vessels from Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force in the search for the missing off the coast of the country's quake-hit northeast.
 Following the quake, the MSDF sent 25 ships to waters off the region. The vessels are looking for those who may have been swept into the sea by tsunami waves triggered by the temblor.
 Japan's Defense Ministry says the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and 2 Aegis-equipped destroyers dispatched by the US Navy will join the MSDF search, starting Sunday.
 The aircraft carrier arrived in the waters off Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, on Saturday night. The USS Blue Ridge and other vessels of the US Navy's 7th Fleet based in Yokosuka will also help the search mission.
 The Air Self-Defense Force's Matsushima base and Sendai airport, both in Miyagi Prefecture, were flooded, leaving them inoperable. The wide flight deck of the US aircraft carrier is expected to serve as an airport on the sea for planes that will be engaged in the search.  (NHK)

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