Cutter Oak returns to Charleston following deployment to Port-au-Prince, Haiti

CHARLESTON, SC – The crew of the 225-foot Coast Guard Cutter Oak, homeported in Charleston, will return Thursday at 8:45 a.m. following a 35-day deployment to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where it provided humanitarian relief and repairs to damaged aids-to-navigation following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January.

The crew of the Oak departed Charleston January 13 and arrived in Port-au-Prince January 17. Crewmembers delivered 30-tons of bottled water, and medical supplies, marked hazards-to-navigation in the channel and replaced buoys, which established a safe channel into the harbor for additional maritime traffic assisting with humanitarian relief. In addition, the crew of the Oak supported and hosted the Marine Transportation System Recovery Assist Team who was deployed to assist the Haitian people with the restoration of the Maritime Transportation System.

“The earthquake in Haiti rocked the ports in the Bay of Port-au-Prince, destroyed much of the shore-side infrastructure, and significantly disrupted the government agencies with maritime transportation responsibilities,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mark Shepard. “The MTSRAT would like to thank the Captain and crew of the Cutter OAK for their exceptional assistance with every aspect of living and working in Haiti…Their support and willingness to assist has been truly spectacular.”

Also, the Cutter Oak sent a medical team to the Killick, Haiti, medical outpost where they reinforced other medical personnel in triaging and medically assisting injured Haitians.

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