October 16, 2021

Air Force Rescue and Relief Response to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

The Air Force is mobilizing to assist in the massive rescue and relief response that is underway following the magnitude 8.9 earthquake in Japan and the tsunami that followed it.

U2 Reconnaissance Aircraft

U2 Reconnaissance Aircraft takes off as part of the Air Force rescue and relief response to the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Airmen stationed at Okinawa Air Base are helping with search and rescue missions.

Five HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters from the 33rd Rescue Squadron will fly search and rescue missions.

33rd and 31st Rescue Squadrons headed to Yokota Air Base  in order to support search and rescue missions.

100 Airmen from Kadena AB to support search and rescue missions.

Airmen in the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron at Yokota Air Base help renovate buildings to house incoming relief and rescue workers.  (Source)

U-2 Reconnaissance plane from Osan Air Base, South Korea and RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam will fly missions to survey the damage. (Source)