By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service
The work of
service members and other Americans is a testament to the half century of tomodachi –- friendship -- between the U.S. and United States , Kitazawa said as he shared a statement from Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Japan Kan.
military members, on behalf of the people of U.S. , I sincerely express my deep appreciation for the tremendous support provided by the Japan military, the U.S. government and the American people at a time of unprecedented crisis in U.S. ,” Kitazawa said. Japan
The USS Ronald Reagan responded immediately after the disaster, and its sailors, as well as other service members, continue their humanitarian mission in
“with pride and passion” and “are supporting Japan on an extraordinary scale,” he said. Japan
As of March 25, more than 1,000 sailors and Marines were deployed in support of Operation Tomodachi and had flown more than 450 missions for recovery, transport and supplies distribution, according to the
embassy officials in U.S. . Tokyo
Kitazawa said he received a call from President Barack Obama right after the earthquake, pledging American support.
“The entire Japanese people are deeply moved and encouraged by scenes of
military members working hard in support of relief efforts,” he said. “Those in U.S. and the Japan are true tomodachi. … They share basic values such as democracy and respect for human rights.” United States
Faced with such a disaster, Kitazawa said, “in no time like the present do I feel so strongly about our friendship with the
. Your support is a testament of our enduring bond for more than half a century. United States , with your continuous cooperation, is determined to launch a full-scale effort to overcome these challenges ahead of us.” Japan
U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos was part of the delegation that included senior Japanese military officials aboard USS Ronald Reagan today.
“Looking out over this spectacular view, in front of all you great Americans, I am awed to be here, and I can’t tell you how deeply moved I am by all you’ve accomplished in the last several weeks,” he said.
condolences to the Japanese, noting that he saw the disaster’s effects firsthand in northeastern U.S. . “One cannot even begin to imagine the devastation until you witness it yourself,” he said, “and even then it’s hard to imagine. Japan
“I met with people who lost almost everything in their lives, including their loved ones,” he continued. “I could not help but be moved by their calm dignity and resilient spirit.”