Atsugi helos deploy to Misawa to support Japan relief efforts

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 18, 2011

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — The U.S. Navy has moved air assets from Tokyo and Okinawa to Misawa to support humanitarian relief efforts in earthquake and tsunami-ravaged northeastern Japan.

About 530 sailors belonging to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 14, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) 51, and Patrol Squadron 4 began arriving Friday.

A total of 13 aircraft, including SH-60 Seahawk helicopters, P-3 Orion planes, and C-2A Greyhound planes were expected by late Friday night, according to Naval Air Facility Misawa spokesman Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Bradley.

NAF Misawa is collocated with the Air Force on the air base.

Bradley said the squadrons will focus on search-and-rescue and resupply missions, and pilots had already started flying Friday afternoon.

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