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U.S. Marine Corps photo by MC1 Johnie Hickmon/Released 110317-N-4920H-036.jpg
Mar 17, 2011
The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 11, with a combined total of more than 4,000 Marines and Sailors, arrived off of the west coast of mainland Japan March 18, after a major earthquake and following tsunami caused extensive destruction to northeast Japan one week ago. The 31st MEU and PHIBRON-11 are prepared to provide aid in potential humanitarian assistance/disaster relief missions in support of Operation Tomodachi. The 31st MEU is ready to support our Japanese partners and to provide assistance when called upon.
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