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This is a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) returning from quake relief operations on the island of Oshima, in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan on April 3, 2011. This was in the Well Deck" of the USS Essex LHD 2, a Wasp class multi-purpose amphibious assault ship that was located in the Pacific off the coast of Iwate Prefecture in northeastern Japan. This ship, nickenamed the "Iron Gator" is deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and taking part in Operation Tomodachi (Operation Friend), the relief effort by the American military to aid and assist Japan with tsunami and earthquake with relief. This effort is also being being coordinated by the US Navy Seventh Fleet. Operation Tomodachi was put into action shortly after the the massive 9.0 magnitude quake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Much of the humanitarian aid efforts has been completed and efforts have now shifted to recovery and reconstruction operations, including the search for the many thousands tsunami victims who are still missing.
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Torin Boyd 2011
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This is a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) returning from quake relief operations on the island of Oshima, in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan on April 3, 2011. This was in the Well Deck" of the USS Essex LHD 2, a Wasp class multi-purpose amphibious assault ship that was located in the Pacific off the coast of Iwate Prefecture in northeastern Japan. This ship, nickenamed the "Iron Gator" is deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and taking part in Operation Tomodachi (Operation Friend), the relief effort by the American military to aid and assist Japan with tsunami and earthquake with relief. This effort is also being being coordinated by the US Navy Seventh Fleet. Operation Tomodachi was put into action shortly after the the massive 9.0 magnitude quake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Much of the humanitarian aid efforts has been completed and efforts have now shifted to recovery and reconstruction operations, including the search for the many thousands tsunami victims who are still missing.