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Mar 21, 2011

A radiological control technician inspects cargo for possible low-level radioactive contamination as a precautionary measure March 21. The supplies were brought aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2) during a resupply at sea as part of Operation Tomodachi. Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are delivering humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies to areas of Japan. Navy and Marine Corps involvement is part of a larger U.S. government response, coordinated through the U.S. Department of State, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan causing widespread damage. The 31st MEU is ready to support our Japanese partners and to provide assistance when called upon.

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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit