Operation Tomodachi Commemoration

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of a commemorative ceremony held on March 2, 2016, by the Embassy of Japan and the U.S. Navy at the Pentagon honoring the people and partnership of Operation Tomodachi, the joint U.S./Japanese effort to provide relief and assistance after the events of March 11, 2011.

With U.S. troops stationed in Japan, U.S. resources were located in close proximity to immediately assist with the crisis. The operation demonstrated the benefit of the close partnership and regular training between U.S. and Japanese Self Defense Forces, including many humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercises.