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Navy carrier Ronald Reagan set to arrive off Japan for earthquake relief

March 12, 2011 |  9:51 am

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The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, whose home port is San Diego, is set to arrive off the Japanese main island of Honshu later Sunday Japan time, prepared for humanitarian relief for the country ravaged by an earthquake and tsunami.

The Reagan had been set for a port call in South Korea but was redirected. The carrier has helicopters, medical supplies, and drinking water, all critically needed.  Other ships in the carrier strike group are also being redirected.

The Navy medical ship Mercy is in San Diego but may be deployed for long-term assistance, officials said.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Carrier Ronald Reagan. Credit: U.S. Navy

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