17 January 2010

Haiti Task Force Update

Some updates from units involved in Haiti relief operations:

From the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson's Facebook Page.

Our Sailors continue to work around-the-clock keeping the helicopters flying, treating the injured, moving supplies, and coordinating relief and rescue efforts ashore. If you haven't heard from your Sailor, it's simply because they're so engaged in the relief efforts and using their limited downtime to catch a few hours of sleep before getting back to the mission.

After we had a full day of flying relief supplies ashore, a US Coast Guard helicopter was diverted to us when weather made it too dangerous to land ashore. It brought six severely injured Haitian adults, an injured young girl, and a baby who was born just two hours earlier aboard a smaller US Coast Guard ship. The doctors are now caring for them, and they're all in stable condition.

You'll want to check out three days' worth of photos from the ship, too:


Day 1

Day 2

In other news, I forgot to mention that the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Normandy is currently off the coast of Port-au-Prince. The Normandy has a flight deck with two SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters, variants of the UH-60 Black Hawk design.

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