USS George Washington leaves port in Japan

US carrier George Washington has left the naval facility at Yokosuka in south of Tokyo, where it was undergoing repairs, amid concerns over radiation from the damaged nuclear power plant.

Updated: Mar 22, 2011, 11:39 AM IST

Washington: US carrier George Washington
has left the naval facility at Yokosuka in south of Tokyo, where it was undergoing repairs, amid concerns over radiation from the damaged nuclear power plant.

USS George Washington will remain in the local waters of Japan as part of US`s comprehensive support and commitment to Japan.
"The USS George Washington is scheduled to remain in the local waters of Japan, but is being moved at this point as
a precaution, to ensure she is available if needed to respond
as necessary and as relevant to any situation throughout the
region and so she can sustain a state of readiness for the
long term for the defense of Japan," Defence Department
spokesman Cmdr Leslie Hull-Ryde said.
Reports said that potassium iodide pills have been distributed to sailors and families remaining at the naval
base and at the Atsugi Naval Air Facility.

PTI