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Prime Minister of Haiti Visits Bataan

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

U.S. Army South first responders return from Haiti

Hours after the earthquake struck Haiti, members of U.S.

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.

Marines reunite Haitian girls, father with family

Just a week ago, 14-year-old Lydie Augustin was suffering from two severe, untreated lacerations caused by bricks that fell on her leg that were shook loose from a building during the Jan. 12, earthquake.

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.

Airmen airdrop relief supplies to Haitians

Charleston Air Force Base Airmen airdropped approximately 14,000 bottles of water and 14,500 Meals, Ready to Eat Jan. 23 to the outlying area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The airdrop mission was flown as part of Operation Unified Response to save lives and bring relief to Haitians suffering after the Jan. 12 7.0 earthquake devastated the island nation. Lt. Col. Leon Strickland, the 437th Operations Group standardization and evaluation chief, began working the airdrop mission Jan.

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.

Kentucky Airmen Move Supplies Through Dominican Republic

As relief supplies and support continue to pour into Haiti, the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Operations Group has been one of the key elements that has helped to ensure a steady flow of help into the areas that need it. 

U.S. Navy Ship’s Team Describes Haiti Aid Efforts

On Jan. 14, two days after a magnitude 7 earthquake shook Haiti, an international team of naval officers and associated partners was on board the USS Gunston Hall in Norfolk, Va.   The ship was fully loaded with food for a maritime security exercise in sub-Saharan Africa when Navy Capt. Cynthia Thebaud, commander of Destroyer Squadron 60, received a call to head to Haiti. “I don't think you could find a ship that has a better composition of people and things on board for this type of mission,” Thebaud said during a Jan.

Air Force medics evacuating critically ill from Haiti

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) -- A three-person medical team from the Wright-Patterson Medical Center here is providing aeromedical evacuation support to assist victims of the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The critical care air transport team, or CCATT, is staging from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. with the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.

High-Speed Ferry Ships to Support Haiti Relief

High-speed ferry ships MV Huakai and MV Alakai are preparing to sail to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response to provide disaster relief following the Jan. 12 earthquake. Huakai and Alakai were originally built to serve as passenger and vehicle ferries in Hawaii but were turned over to the Maritime Administration's custody when the ferry service went bankrupt. The ships will be under operational control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) during Operation Unified Response. The ships' main tasks will be to transfer equipment and personnel in the region.

Army Reserve readies only aviation brigade for deployment to Haiti

The only Army Reserve aviation brigade, the 244th Aviation Brigade, has geared up to deploy troops and equipment to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response. More than 300 Soldiers from 244th Aviation Brigade will deploy today to support humanitarian operations in Haiti. Along with Soldiers, the 244th is sending nine CH-47 Chinook helicopters and four UH-60 Black Hawks. The CH-47 twin-engine, tandem heavy-lift helicopter is considered the workhorse of the Army and is designed for transportation of cargo and troops.