- The U.S. Navy has provided five
high-capacity pumping systems to Japan's Electrical and Mechanical
Engineering Group Nuclear Asset Management Department to assist in
the effort to cool the core of the damaged No. 3 reactor at the
Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant.
The five pumps came from the U.S. Naval
Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Emergency Ship Salvage Material (ESSM)
locker located in Sasebo, Japan.
The pumps were picked up from the Air Mobility Command (AMC)
terminal at Fukuoka International Airport on Wednesday evening and
flown via U.S. Air Force C-17 to Yokota Air Base. One U.S. Salvage
Engineer and one Navy Master Diver from the CTF-73 staff in
Singapore accompanied the pumps to Yokota where they met up with
Japanese Civil Defense personnel to provide training on the
equipment. The pumps will then be transported by the Japanese to the
reactor site sometime Thursday.
The two U.S. salvage experts from Singapore will not travel to
Fukushima to assist in the effort.
According to the ESSM website, www.supsal.org, the ESSM system is a
series of facilities located within the continental United States
and at other sites around the world "that provide ship salvage,
pollution control, and underwater ship husbandry equipment on an
emergency or as required basis."
The U.S. Navy continues missions in support of Operation Tomodachi
in response to the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunamis
that hit northern Japan March 11.