USS Ronald Reagan Holds Ceremony To Mark Japan Earthquake Anniversary (Video)
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
A memorial ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan will be held aboard USS Ronald Reagan at NAS North Island this morning at 10 a.m. PDT.
According to Navy news release:
This memorial ceremony... will include remarks from the Japanese Consul General at Los Angeles Jun Niimi and a short commemoration by the Rev. Dr. Kenji Akahoshi of the Buddhist Temple of San Diego...
Rear Adm. Hall and USS Ronald Reagan’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Christopher E. Bolt, will also speak.
The Reagan was an instrumental part of humanitarian efforts in the wake of the tragedy. The aircraft carrier spent three weeks off the coast of Japan participating in Operation Tomodachi. The crew provided food, water, medicine, and clothing to those left destitute by the earthquake and tsunami.
At the time, there was concern the Reagan was being contaminated by radiation leaking from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant...
In 2012, as Home Post previously reported, scores of Reagan crew members filed a lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Company. The suit claims the Japanese government (which owns the utility) lied about the amount of radiation leaking from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant - putting Reagan sailors' and Marines' health at risk.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, has (at least) 71 plaintiffs with ailments ranging from leukemia and thyroid problems to eye diseases and polyps.
In addition, Congress has called on the Pentagon to conduct an inquiry into any medical problems Reagan crew members may be suffering from as a result of radiation exposure.
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