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USS Ronald Reagan Wins Third Battle "E" Award

Sailors assigned to aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) won the Battle Efficiency Ribbon, or Battle "E" Award, Feb. 10. Vice Adm. Thomas Kilcline, commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF), awarded the Battle "E" Award to two carriers, one in the Atlantic Fleet and one in the Pacific. The award is a tribute to the superior battle readiness of the aircraft carrier that receives it. "To say that I'm impressed and incredibly pleased is an understatement." said Capt. Ken Norton, Ronald Reagan's commanding officer. "This is yet another testament to a very impressive crew.

ACU-2 Provides Relief to Haiti During Unified Response

As part of Operation Unified Response, the crew of Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2 has been working non-stop from dropping off a Marine Air-Ground Task Force assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), to carrying approximately 300 tons of cargo to Killick Haitian Coast Guard Base. Embarked aboard USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), ACU 2 is deployed in support of Operation Unified Response, providing humanitarian aid and medical support to the Haitian people. "Our mission out here is ship-to-shore transport" said Engineman 3rd Class Jarrell Ray, from Sumpter, S.C., assigned to ACU 2.

Prime Minister of Haiti Visits Bataan

The prime minister of Haiti visited the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) Feb.

USS Nassau ARG/24th MEU Depart Haiti

The USS Nassau Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Haiti Feb. 7, continuing on its originally scheduled deployment to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR). The Nassau ARG includes ships from Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8: the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4), the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48). The three ships and nearly 2,000 Sailors departed Virginia Jan.

USS Freedom Readies for Maiden Deployment

USS Freedom (LCS 1), the Navy's first littoral combat ship, is underway off the coast of Florida for final training and certification prior to its maiden deployment to the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) region. Counter-illicit trafficking (CIT), damage control, and systems training began soon after Freedom's arrival at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on Jan. 25. "This training is extremely important for Freedom and will help us prepare for the CIT mission we expect to perform while in the 4th Fleet area of operations," said Lt. Cmdr.

USS George H.W. Bush Redelivered to Fleet, Departs for Flight Deck Certification

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Va., for flight deck certification Feb. 2, three days after successfully completing Sea Trials. Bush embarked elements of Carrier Air Wing 8 to conduct flight deck certification and carrier qualifications following the ship's redelivery to the fleet. The crew recently completed an intensive seven-month Post Shakedown Availability/Selective Restrictive Availability (PSA/SRA) at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding, concluding with Sea Trials Jan. 27-29. "USS George H.W.

Comfort Corpsmen Give Infant Another Shot at Life

Two Sailors aboard USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) gave an infant another chance at life Jan. 24 when the child was born in critical condition aboard the hospital ship as it operated off the coast of Haiti. Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Matthew Blake and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Catherine Andrews were both working in Casualty Receiving (CASREC) when a pregnant woman was brought aboard. She was in labor and in need of immediate medical care for injuries suffered in the earthquake that struck Haiti Jan.

USS Carl Vinson Departs Haiti; Carrier Rendered Critical First Response

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departed the waters near Port-au-Prince, Haiti Feb. 1 after rendering humanitarian assistance to the victims of a massive 7.0 earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation Jan. 12. Arriving on station less than 72 hours after the quake, Carl Vinson immediately rendered assistance. Over two weeks, Vinson and its embarked 19 helicopters flew more than 2,200 sorties, delivering more than 166 tons of food, 89,000 gallons of water and 38,700 lbs.

Bataan Medical Delivers Earthquake Miracle

The medical professionals aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) successfully delivered 8 lb. 3 oz. Theo Joe, a baby boy, at approximately 4:40 p.m., Jan.