Following a devastating earthquake on the Noto Peninsula in Japan, U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters have been deployed to assist in relief efforts. This move comes after Japan initially declined international assistance, but later sought help from the U.S. military.
The U.S. involvement, sanctioned by a formal request from Japan, includes two Black Hawks from the U.S. Army Aviation Battalion Japan, which are tasked with delivering essential supplies such as food, blankets, and medical resources to the affected areas. These efforts are coordinated through Pace Winds Japan, a non-governmental organization, and are supported by a $100,000 aid package from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
Japanese Defense Minister Minoru Kihara emphasized the significance of the U.S. military’s role in the relief operations, stating that their assistance would allow the Japan Self-Defense Forces to focus more on evacuations. The U.S. forces plan to operate from the Air Self-Defense Force’s Komatsu Air Base, transporting relief goods to Noto airport, as detailed in the reports.