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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — As of 10 a.m. Sunday, most Navy installations in Japan expected to continue their routine functions, officials said.

“I expect it will be everyone at work and ... everything open as normal on our installations,” said Cmdr. Ron Steiner, spokesman for Commander Naval Forces Japan.

The notable expection is Misawa Air Base, which includes a Navy contingent. The base is still plagued by electrical outages. About 30 minutes to the east, the town of Hachinoe was devastated by a 13-foot tsunami. The base and its residents were far enough inland to avoid damage.

At sea, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived off the coast of northern Honshu Island, Japan, at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday, Japan Standard Time. The Japanese Self-Defense Forces have asked the aircraft carrier to provide refueling operations for their helicopters, and to help transport Japanese troops to affected areas.

Several other Navy ships are en route to the affected areas of Japan, including the USS Tortuga, the USS Blue Ridge, USS Essex, USS Germantown, USS Harpers Ferry, USS McCampbell, USS Curtis Wilbur and USS Mustin.

Elsewhere, Yokota Air Base officials said business would continue as usual, as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday.


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