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Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by schuyler
Is that a significant change? Any chance the other orders were all misdirection and the OPs original concern is still valid?
More resources are on the way. The dock landing ship Tortuga is in Tomokomai, a city in Hokkaido, a large island in northern Japan, where it is taking on 300 members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force and 90 vehicles. They will be transported to Ominato in northern Honshu. The Tortuga is also equipped with two MH-53 Sea Dragon helicopters. Each aircraft is capable of carrying 55 personnel or 32,000 pounds apiece.
The amphibious ships Essex, Harpers Ferry and Germantown are en route to Honshu and are expected to arrive Wednesday to provide humanitarian aid.
Sailors and aircrews are being monitored for radioactive contamination. On Monday, the Navy said that 17 Reagan helicopter crew members were contaminated with radioactive material while on a mission and were treated with soap and water; some were given potassium iodide pills