USS Normandy In Haiti; USS Vinson Treats Patients
By Dialogo January 18, 2010The cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 17 to support Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE, the joint U.S. military relief effort for earthquake victims. Normandy, homeported in Norfolk, Va., will support relief efforts by providing air surveillance for the heavy air traffic in the area. The ship will also act as a ready deck, or an at sea platform able to accept helicopters on deck and provide refueling services. Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 46, from Mayport, Fla., has two SH-60B helicopters onboard Normandy and will also contribute to the relief efforts with additional air lift support. *Vinson Receives Haitian MEDEVAC Patients * The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) received seven injured Haitian civilians at approximately 7:30 p.m. EST Jan. 16 when a U.S. Coast Guard MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter on a MEDEVAC mission was forced to divert due to weather. The helicopter was taking the earthquake victims from Port-Au-Prince to a hospital near Cape Haitien on the island’s northern coast. The ship’s medical personnel are currently treating the seven Haitians, including a two-hour old infant. The aircraft carrier, which arrived on scene within 72 hours of tasking, is supporting the unified U.S. military response to the disaster by providing its 19 helicopters to airlift humanitarian supplies to the Haitian people.