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Capt. Christopher Horton from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 passes a box of food to a volunteer at a school in Northern Japan. The relief supplies are being delivered in support of Operation Tomodachi to residents in Northern Japan who were affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Capt. Christopher Horton from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 passes a box of food to a volunteer at a school in Northern Japan. The relief supplies are being delivered in support of Operation Tomodachi to residents in Northern Japan who were affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (Vivian Blakely/U.S. Navy)
Capt. Christopher Horton from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 passes a box of food to a volunteer at a school in Northern Japan. The relief supplies are being delivered in support of Operation Tomodachi to residents in Northern Japan who were affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Capt. Christopher Horton from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 passes a box of food to a volunteer at a school in Northern Japan. The relief supplies are being delivered in support of Operation Tomodachi to residents in Northern Japan who were affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (Vivian Blakely/U.S. Navy)
Aircrew aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) load boxes of food onto a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265.   The relief supplies will be delivered in support of Operation Tomodachi to residents in Northern Japan who were affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Aircrew aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) load boxes of food onto a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265. The relief supplies will be delivered in support of Operation Tomodachi to residents in Northern Japan who were affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (Vivian Blakely/U.S. Navy)
Sgt. James Ryan from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 passes a box of food to a volunteer at a school in Northern Japan. The relief supplies are being delivered in support of Operation Tomodachi to residents in Northern Japan who were affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Sgt. James Ryan from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 passes a box of food to a volunteer at a school in Northern Japan. The relief supplies are being delivered in support of Operation Tomodachi to residents in Northern Japan who were affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (Vivian Blakely/U.S. Navy)

TOKYO — The 1st Marine Aircraft Wing transported fuel to devastated areas in Sendai, Japan, over the weekend, according to the Marine Corps.

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 of the III Marine Expeditionary Force transported 76 barrels of kerosene in six CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters to distribution points in an area that was among the most hardest hit by the deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunamis.

Kerosene is used to heat homes in Japan and the fuel is running low in areas still cut off from the outside world due to damage and the continuing threat of a nuclear disaster at the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force provided the kerosene and requested the help of the Marine Corps to transport the fuel by helicopter to areas including Ishinomaki Josi High School, Shizugawa Bayside Arena, Onagawa Village and a JGSDF fuel point.

In addition, two helicopters from the same squadron delivered 4,000 pounds of Meals, Ready-to-Eat packages to Camp Sendai in an effort to supply the base with a temporary food supply, according to a release.

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