Coast Guard personnel continue to assist Haiti with relief operations

MIAMI – Coast Guard personnel from units throughout the U.S., Guam, Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico continue dedicating hours helping to provide much needed assistance in Haiti.

The Coast Guard will continue to support the massive relief effort in Haiti by providing humanitarian assistance to Haitian survivors, evacuating critically injured U.S. and Haitian citizens, and evacuating U.S. citizens from Haiti.

Three HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., dedicated 13 hours Tuesday, medically evacuating critically injured Haitian citizens to advanced medical care facilities in the area. Their efforts resulted in saving 19 lives.

Two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Mich., and the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Jacksonville, Fla., medically transported nine Haitian citizens to facilities that could address their medical needs.

A C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater delivered much needed FEMA supplies including baby formula, diapers, cots and tents to Port-au-Prince from Clearwater, Fla.

The crew of the cutter Oak helped provide security for members of the Marine Transportation System Recovery Unit (MTRSU) at the port in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. MTRSU crewmembersare on scene to address needs associated with rebuilding and reopening Haiti’s critical waterway. Re-establishing port and waterway capabilities at the port of Port-au-Prince is an essential to resuming commerce and continue delivering humanitarian supplies to distressed people in Port-au-Prince.

The latest arrival in the Coast Guard relief operations is the Cutter Hamilton, which transited the Panama Canal from its homeport in San Diego.

Assisting with Haiti Relief Operations are:

  • Two HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater.
  • HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • The crew of an HC-144A Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala.
  • Two HU-25 Falcon jet crews from Coast Guard Air Station Miami.
  • Three HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater
  • MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit and the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron.
  • The crew of the cutter Oak, a 225-foot Sea-going buoytender homeported in Charleston, S.C.
  • Crews aboard the cutters Tahoma, Mohawk, Legare and Forward, 270-foot medium endurance cutters homeported in Portsmouth, N.H., Key West, Fla., and Portsmouth, Va.
  • The crew of the Cutter Valiant, a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Miami.
  • The crew of the Cutter Hamilton, a 378-foot high-endurance cutter homeported in San Diego, Calif.


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