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Yuma Marines to provide disaster relief in Japan

In this Saturday, March 12, 2011 photo released by the U.S. Navy, MH-53 helicopters land aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) in the Sea of Japan. Tortuga is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility ready to support earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan as directed. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Lt. K. Madison Carter)

In this Saturday, March 12, 2011 photo released by the U.S. Navy, MH-53 helicopters land aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) in the Sea of Japan. Tortuga is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility ready to support earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan as directed. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Lt. K. Madison Carter)

A squadron from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma is among the U.S. military forces that will be bring disaster relief aid to earthquake-and-tsunami stricken Japan.

The Yuma Sun says local Marines from Marine Attack Squadron 211 are currently attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Essex. The ship left Malaysia on Friday night for Japan.

Military officials describe an MEU as a quick-reaction force, pre-deployed throughout the world and ready for immediate response to any crisis.

Japan has requested U.S. assistance through the State Department.

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