As the world rallies food and other supplies for Japan's quake and tsunami victims, Marines and sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force are pulling together MRE's to deliver to the most devastated areas.
The operation, known as Tomodachi, means "friends" in Japanese. The name of the operation was chosen by Japan.
At least seven San Diego ships and aircraft carriers are conducting operations in the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet area of responsibility, which includes Japan's surrounding waters.
Nimitz Class carrier USS Reagan arrived in the area Wednesday along with its support ships USS Chancellorsville and USS Preble. On Friday, the ships were directed to proceed at best safe speed toward the eastward coast of Honshu.