MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan - Meals Ready-To-Eat are prepared to be transported to a KC-130J Super Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma March 13. The supplies will be delivered to mainland Japan to be used humanitarian assistance operations in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan, March 11. The proximity of Marine aviation assets at MCAS Futenma has allowed Marines from III MEF to rapidly deploy critically-needed supplies and aid to support the relief effort. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Megan Angel/Released)
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.