The USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier, just came out of dry dock and finished her sea trials. She had left Hampton, Virginia and was headed to her new home port of San Diego to join the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz on the west coast. Then came the news of the devastating 7.0 earthquake in Haiti. Fortuitously, the Carl Vinson was in the area and in a position to help. The carrier will arrive in Haiti today.
Assisting in humanitarian efforts is part of the mission for aircraft carriers. Whenever a “situation” pops up, whether it is war related or a natural disaster, the first question asked in Washington is, “Where is the nearest carrier?”
Carl Vinson will stop in Mayport, Florida to pick up supplies and helicopters. The helicopters will transport relief workers, supplies, and heavy equipment.
1. The army has sent 3500 troops from the 82nd Airborne and 3 amphibious ships to accompany the Carl Vinson to Haiti.
2. Our Air Force has sent a special operations team to help get Haiti’s airport up and running.
3. Several Coast Guard Cutters are off the coast of Haiti, ready to help.
4. The USNS Comfort, a hospital ship, is standing by, ready to go if called. The Comfort carries 650 medical personnel as well as supplies and equipment.
5. A large deck amphibious ship with an expeditionary force of Marines is ready. There are a total of 7 navy ships either on the way or standing ready.
This is just a part of the military humanitarian response from the US. There will also be teams from fire departments around the country such as the 72 man elite urban search and rescue team from Los Angeles. They are carrying literally tons of equipment, search and rescue dogs, as well as water and food so they can be self sufficient in Haiti. You can bet that there will be US churches and charities sending people, supplies, and millions of dollars to Haiti too. It is what we do.
I am very saddened by the destruction and loss of life in Haiti, but our response to this tragedy makes me very proud of my country.
Cesar Milan - Leader of the Pack
4 years ago