Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Update

As many of you are already aware, the Navy has been closely tracking the events in the Pacific since the 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan very early this morning.

110311-N-5716H-115 SINGAPORE (March 11, 2011) Sailors of U.S. 7th Fleet command flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) onload humanitarian assistance supplies in Singapore to ensure the ship and crew are ready to support earthquake and tsunami relief operations in Japan if directed. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Josh Huebner/Released)

We have been and will continue to provide updates through all of our official channels including the following Facebook pages and Twitter accounts:

https://www.facebook.com/USNavy
https://www.facebook.com/USPacificFleet
https://www.facebook.com/7thfleet
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Navy-Region-Hawaii/

http://twitter.com/NavyNews/navy-deck-log
http://twitter.com/navynews
http://twitter.com/pacificfleet
http://twitter.com/us7thfleet

The current status is as follows:

–Outside of Japan, the only notable effect to the Navy was in Guam, where wave action caused two submarines to break their mooring lines.  Tug boats from Naval Base Guam responded quickly and kept the subs USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) and USS Houston (SSN 713), under control while crews moored the subs safely to the pier. Another sub, USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723), and USS Frank Cable (AS 40) remained safely moored there.

–In Japan, there were no immediate reports of Navy casualties, while recall efforts were ongoing. Additionally, no significant damage to installations or ships was reported.
Ships in Pearl Harbor and San Diego remained in port. No damage was reported as the tsunami reached Hawaii shortly after 3 a.m. local.

–Japan has requested U.S. assistance through the State Department.
The USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group, at sea in the western Pacific on its way to East Coast of Honshu.
The USS Tortuga, in Sasebo, Japan, is preparing to load landing craft and to leave for the disaster areas as early as this evening.

–The USS Essex, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, this morning. The ship is preparing to depart as early as this evening.

–The USS Blue Ridge, in Singapore, is taking on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies and preparing to depart tomorrow morning.

Read the full DoD news release for more status information.

Stay tuned for additional updates in the hours and days ahead through www.navy.mil, www.twitter.com/navynews and www.facebook.com/USNavy.