Friday, March 11, 2011
This is the official statement by Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates regarding the earthquake and tsunami in Japan:
"I've been kept informed all day long about the tsunami in Japan, the earthquake and tsunami. As best we can tell, all of our people are okay, our ships and military facilities are all in pretty good shape. We obviously have huge sympathy for the people of Japan and we are prepared to help them in any way we possibly can. It's obviously a very sophisticated country, but this is a huge disaster and we will do all, anything we are asked to do to help out."
His remarks were made to reporters at approximately 12:30 Hours Eastern Standard Time on Friday 11 March 2011 outside the airport terminal in Manama, Bahrain.