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Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) handed over the second of two water barges today to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. Together with the first barge sent yesterday, a total of 500,000 gallons of fresh water is en route the area off the coast of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant to support cooling efforts for the damaged reactors. The JMSDF ship JS Hiuchi is escorting with the first barge arrival scheduled for tomorrow.
JS Hiuchi and three tugboats arrived in Onahama, Fukushima
JS Hiuchi (AMS 4301) and three tugboats (YT 68, YT 74, YT 79) arrived in Onahama near Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station with the U.S. Navy barge (YOGN 115). After preparations in Onahama, four ships will leave for the power station in hurry.
JS Hatakaze, JS Amakusa arrived in Onahama with the barge
JS Amakusa (AMS 4303) arrived in Onahama, Fukushima Prefecture with the U.S. Navy barge (YON 287) for cooling efforts in Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station and then JS Hatakaze (DDG 171) also arrived in the port after a lookout for the escort.
The day before, JS Hiuchi (AMS 4301) and three tugboats (YT 68, YT 74, YT 79) arrived here with another barge (YOGN 115).
Preparations are ongoing for cooling efforts in nuclear power stations
At Onahama, Fukushima Prefecture, three MSDF tugboats (YT 68, YT 74, YT 79) underwent improvements for radiation countermeasures prior to cooling efforts in Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station and conducted a berthing training of the barge (YON 287, U.S. Navy) loaded with cooling fresh water.
At afternoon, JS Sawayuki (DD 125), JS Hiuchi (AMS 4301) with a U.S. barge (YOGN 115) and two tugboats (YT 68, YT 79) left the port to the nuclear power station. And estimated time of arrival is tomorrow.
JS Hyuga, JS Asuka are off the coast of Oshima island
Currently, JS Hyuga (DDH 181) is anchored and JS Asuka (ASE 6102) is underway off the coast of Oshima island, Miyagi Pref.
JS Hiuchi with the U.S. barge arrived in Fukushima No. 1 N-plant
JS Hiuchi (AMS 4301) completed escorting a U.S. barge (YOGN 115) at 15:42 (JST) and then two tugboats (YT 68, YT 79) successfully berthed the barge at a pier in Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station.
GW is underway in Pacific Ocean to avoid radioactive fallouts
USS George Washington (CVN 73) is underway in Pacific Ocean after departed from her forward operating port at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka Mar. 21 in response to the complex nature of the disaster that struck Japan on Mar. 11.
JS Hiuchi heading to N-plant with the U.S. barge
At 17:46 (JST), JS Hiuchi (AMS 4301) left Onahama, Miyagi Prefecture to the Fukushima No, 1 nuclear power station with a U.S. barge (YON 287) in support of cooling efforts for reactors.
Mar. 31, Hiuchi completed escorting another U.S. barge (YOGN 115) too.
JS Hiuchi completed escorting the U.S. barge again
At 08:28 (JST), JS Hiuchi (AMS 4301) completed escorting a U.S. barge (YON 287) in Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station. The barge is moored alongside of another U.S. barge (YOGN 115). And MSDF already started to convey fresh water from YOGN 115 to a cooling water tank in the station.
It seems that two destroyers are on the alert in nearby waters.
JS Oumi pumped water to a U.S. barge
At 20:09, JS Oumi (AOE 426) started to pump fresh water to a U.S. barge (YON 287) in support of cooling efforts at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station. And it seems that a Hatsuyuki class destroyer, maybe JS Sawayuki (DD 125), is taking the charge of decontamination supports for the barge using a high pressure water cannon.
The barge will be used to deliver water from MSDF fleet tankers off shore to another U.S. barge (YOGN 115) which supplies water at a pier for the power station.
U.S. effort's focus will be shifted to counter Fukushima nuclear crisis in earnest, with Reagan CSG was released from the operation and resumed its original mission.
Operation Tomodachi last update
U.S. Navy's efforts as part of Operation Tomodachi finally concluded with our thanks beyond description. All U.S. Navy ships involved in Operation Tomodachi have now redeployed and are proceeding with other tasking around the region. Other U.S. military efforts are continuing ashore.
JS Hiuchi to provide transport service for isolated island
JS Hiuchi (AMS 4301) transported aid supplies for Oshima island, Kesen'numa City, Miyagi Pref. Oshima is not only the biggest residential island of Northern Honshu, but an isolated island. In addition, the regular line service between the island and Honshu is yet to resume. So MSDF has continued transport service for the island (maybe between Kesen'numa port).
Hiuchi had participated in supports of cooling efforts for reactors at Fukushima No. 1