As part of the ongoing disaster relief mission following the devastating 9.0-magnitude that struck Japan on March 11, the United States military is engaged in unprecedented assistance for the country, which has been overwhelmed by the scale of the crisis.
As part of Operation Tomodachi, the military is assisting the Japanese government with humanitarian aid and search and rescue operations.
Here, sailors aboard U.S. 7th Fleet command flagship USS Blue Ridge stand by to move pallets of HADR--humanitarian assistance/disaster relief--kits.
March 19, 2011 4:02 PM PDT
Photo by: Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Leo A. Salinas