Just over one year ago, in a period of several days, the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard were called into action to respond to an especially challenging and near-simultaneous series of events across the globe.
• 11 March 2011: An 8.9-magnitude earthquake followed by a tsunami hit Japan. The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) Carrier Strike Group and the USS Essex (LHD-2) Amphibious Ready Group with Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit responded within days. They provided immediate disaster relief and helped to deal with the consequences of four badly damaged nuclear power plants, three of which threatened to melt down.
• 15 March 2011: With widespread rioting ongoing in Manama, Saudi troops and light armor entered the Kingdom of Bahrain where the U.S. 5th Fleet is headquartered. The USS Boxer (LHD-4) Amphibious Ready Group with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit was accelerated to the theater to provide backup theater reserve and evacuation options. The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Carrier Strike Group continued on-station in the North Arabian Sea supporting tactical air operations in Afghanistan.