U.S. military sends high-pressure water pumps to Japan nuclear plant

08:56, March 17, 2011      

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U.S. military forces stationed in Japan have sent high-pressure water pumps to Japan's quake and tsunami damaged Fukushima power plant, the U.S. 7th Fleet said Wednesday.

In a statement, the 7th Fleet said high-pressure water pumps were offloaded from the USNS Safeguard in Yokosuka on Tuesday night and delivered to Yokota Air Force Base for transfer to the government of Japan for deployment at the Fukushima power plant. Four additional pumps were delivered from Sasebo on Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to the water pumps, the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group continued relief operations off the east coast of Honshu. The aircraft carrier conducted three helicopter sorties Wednesday, delivering seven tons of food and water.

Helicopters from other ships in the strike group were also able to fly 12 total sorties, delivering more than eight tons of supplies including food, bottled water, milk, juice, Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), fruits, clothing, medical supplies, and blankets. A total of 40 tons of aid has been delivered to date.

In addition to delivering aid, the fleet forces are assisting in search and rescue operations, as well as surveying at-sea debris fields.

Source: Xinhua

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