were on the scene aiding local authorities in search and rescue efforts. Within a week 17 U.S. Naval vessels and a Coast Guard Cutter were en route to Southeast Asia. Operation Unified Assistance, as the U.S. military named the humanitarian operation, would last for months afterward as the region tried to overcome the massive loss of life and property.
The U.S. military also sprang into action following Japan’s tragic earthquake and tsunami
in March 2011. In what the Pentagon would call Operation
Tomodachi—Japanese for “friendship”– the U.S. military was again on the
scene within hours helping in the search and rescue operations. The
Defense Department immediately allocated $35 million, which was supplemented by another $8 million from the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID). Less than a month later the U.S. 7th
fleet had 14 ships, 130 aircraft and 13,893 personnel involved in
Operation Tomodachi, flying 160 reconnaissance flights in search of
victims, and delivering more than 260 tons of relief supplies to
Now, with the U.S. Eastern Coast slammed by Hurricane Sandy, the U.S.
military has been busy assisting federal, state, and local authorities
reaching those people still in need and helping to restore services to
affected households. As the storm made its way to the U.S. mainland
after raging through the Caribbean, the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM)
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