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via New York Daily News

U.S. military vessels began arriving in Japan Saturday as the international relief effort for the devastated island nation began to take shape.

Dubbed Operation Tomodachi – Japanese for “friendship” – American forces based near Tokyo are leading military and humanitarian assistance missions from Europe, Asia and beyond.

“We have units from all of our services, with a multitude of capabilities, from medical to communications to civil engineering, poised and ready to support where needed,” said John Roos, U.S. ambassador to Japan.

A pair of SH-60 helicopters from the Naval Air Facility in Atsugi delivered 1,500 pounds of food to cities southeast of Tokyo Saturday.

Two destroyers moved inland from stations off Japan’s Boso Peninsula. Eight other ships were headed for Japan from across the globe.

Two urban search and rescue teams from Virginia and California are set to arrive in Japan tomorrow. Each team has 150 soldiers and 12 rescue dogs.

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Article courtesy nydailynews.com

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