US aircraft carrier headed to help JapanHundreds are dead or missing in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami
The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO — The San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is on its way to the northeast coast of earthquake-ravaged Japan to provide assistance.
Cmdr. Greg Hicks said Friday the aircraft carrier was already in the western Pacific on a routine deployment and has been ordered to proceed to the Japanese coast. He says it is expected to arrive in a few days.
The Pentagon has ordered a number of U.S. military ships to move toward Japan.
Hicks says the Reagan has airlift capabilities and can provide medical facilities, fresh water supplies and render other aid if needed.
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