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[Gallery] Emergenza Haiti: il dispositivo militare – parte 20

Eccoci qua con la parte 20. Per prima cosa voglio segnalare un articolo apparso sul sito del Southern Command in cui vengono elogiati i nostri uomini impegnati ad Haiti.

L’82nd Airborne, che fino ad oggi e’ stata impegnata sopratutto in compiti di sicurezza e nelle attivita’ di distribuzione di viveri e medicinali, sembra infatti avere apprezzato il contributo dei soldati italiani… e, udite udite, dei mezzi da loro schierati! :-)


Italian soldiers work with American paratroopers to clear the streets of Port-au-Prince on Feb. 17. The troopers teamed up with the Italians and the Center of National Equipment for the rubble removal mission. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kissta M. Feldner, 2BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. PAO)

Italian, U.S. troops team to remove rubble from the streets of Port-au-Prince
By Pfc. Kissta M. Feldner, 2nd Brigade Combat Team

Buildings lean dangerously, looming over soldiers in the street below attempting to remove mounds of debris, the remains of structures that have already crumbled. As a tractor fills its bucket with a new load of fragmented concrete, it snags a downed power line, causing loose bricks to fall from the structure above. This scene is evidence of why the engineering mission here is so important.

When the road is cleared, it will become a safe route for international aid organizations to access areas of Port-au-Prince in need of assistance, as well as increase traffic flow, open the streets for vendors, and generally enhance functionality of the city.

Soldiers from the Italian Task Force have teamed up with Paratroopers with 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, in addition to their continued work with the Center of National Equipment (CNE), to clear the streets of the city.

The Paratroopers are using their loaders and Bobcat utility work machines to remove the massive amount of rubble left by the Jan. 12 earthquake. But, their mission would be much more time consuming if it weren’t for the addition of the Italians’ large machinery. Each day the Italians will be introducing more equipment as the mission progresses.

“(The Italians) have better assets,” said Sgt. Robert Medders, an Ackerman, Mississippi native and engineer with 2BSTB, while working with the Italian soldiers on Feb. 17. “Their equipment has come in handy,” Medders said.

Additional soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2BCT, have been securing the site, roping off streets and stopping curious locals from entering the hazardous area. In the few days they have partnered with the Italians, the troopers are impressed with their work. “They’re good at what they do,” said Sgt. 1st Class Ernest Rodriguez, a Camden, New Jersey native and platoon leader of 2nd Plt., D Co., 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2BCT. “They’re pretty much doing it all on their own,” he said.

A 2BCT trooper stands with a group of Italian soldiers, taking a break from their work as the dust settles. They share a cigarette and swap unit patches – a custom that has become common among soldiers while working with their foreign counterparts – however, they exchange few words. This is not due to hard feelings or lack of interest in one another, but because neither speaks the others’ language.

1st Corporal Giuseppe Colletto, an Italian army engineer, said at times it is difficult communicating with the American soldiers due to the language barrier and lack of interpreters, but they have had no problems completing their mission. Colletto said he is used to overcoming this obstacle after working with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but for some of the 2BCT Paratroopers this partnership is a completely new experience. “It’s cool working with another country,” said Medders. “Everyone works a bit different.”

The Paratroopers are showing the Italians how to coordinate with CNE, the United Nations and local police so they can pull their own security, without U.S. assistance. The Italians have everything they need to do this job on their own, Rodriguez said. “These guys are outstanding,” he said. “They have a good understanding of what’s going on here and they’ll get the job done.”

But as an airborne infantry unit, the capabilities of the 2BCT engineers are limited in the face of such overwhelming destruction. “Our light engineers are incredibly skilled,” said Lt. Col. Tim Kehoe, deputy commanding officer, 2BCT, “but their light equipment is not designed for this type of mission.”

The introduction of Italian soldiers and equipment has made the difference in the rubble removal and street clearing mission but there is still so much to be done. “We are filling the gap in support of CNE until the right elements arrive to complete this mission,” Kehoe said.


NCHEON, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 17:  South Korean soldiers cheer during a ceremony marking the formation of the unit for dispatch to Haiti on February 17, 2010 in Incheon, South Korea. The 240 PKO troops, including military surgeons, are expected to leave for Haiti end of this month to help reconstruction support as Peacekeeping Operations (PKO).  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)


INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 17:  A South Korean soldier hugs her grandmother during a ceremony marking the formation of the unit for dispatch to Haiti on February 17, 2010 in Incheon, South Korea. The 240 PKO troops, including military surgeons, are expected to leave for Haiti end of this month to help reconstruction support as Peacekeeping Operations (PKO).  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)


A US Army soldier, belonging to the 82nd Airborne Division, lifts up a child during a patrol at the Cite Soleil neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010. US forces are in Haiti to participate in the international relief efforts after last month’s magnitude-7 earthquake. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)


An unidentified US Army soldier, belonging to the 82nd Airborne Division, hands out candy to children during a patrol at the Cite Soleil neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010. US forces are in Haiti to participate in the international relief efforts after last month’s magnitude-7 earthquake. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 16, 2010) A Seabee assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2 cuts rebar on a damaged wall near Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. ACB-2 is conducting construction, humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kim Williams/Released)


BONEL, Haiti (Feb. 18, 2010) Seabees assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2


PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – FEBRUARY 19: Passengers who arrived on the first commercial flight into Haiti since the January 12 earthquake mix with porters, cars and soldiers after leaving the Toussaint L’Ouverture airport February 19, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The airport is will begin to handle between 30 and 40 commerical and aid flights daily. Air traffic control at the airport had been operated by the United States military since the earthquake.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 16, 2010) A U.N. peacekeeper from Argentina helps carry bags of rice during a humanitarian assistance distribution at Stade Sylvio Cator, the national soccer stadium, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Several U.S. and international military and non-governmental agencies are conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call/Released)


France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy (2ndR) gets help as he steps out of a helicopter upon arrival at the Haitian Presidential Palace during a visit in Port-au-Prince February 17, 2010. Sarkozy arrived in earthquake-hit Haiti on Wednesday to support international relief efforts there in the first visit by a French head of state to the former French Caribbean colony. REUTERS/Francois Mori/Pool


France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy (C) and Overseas Territories Minister Marie-Luce Penchard (L) shake hands with rescue workers who helped in Haiti, as Sarkozy arrives at the Fort-de-France airport for a visit in the French overseas department of La Martinique February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer


A Canadian Air Force cargo plane is seen in the background as people lie on couches waiting for their flights at a makeshift waiting area in the tarmac at the international airport in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday Feb. 17, 2010. After the Jan. 12 earthquake struck Haiti, a crush of compassion  followed  and planeloads of doctors, medical supplies, food, water and military troops from around the world created a frantic traffic jam both in the air and on the ground. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)


An unidentified serviceman watches as a U.S. Air Force cargo plane is unloaded at the international airport in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010. After the Jan. 12 earthquake struck Haiti, a crush of compassion followed and planeloads of doctors, medical supplies, food, water and military troops from around the world created a frantic traffic jam both in the air and on the ground. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – FEBRUARY 16: U.S. Army PV2 Gaylen Kloepfer from Wasila, Alaska speaks with Haitian earthquake survivor Luckner Dardonpre in front of rubble on a city street on February 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A month after more than 200,000 people died in Haiti’s devastating earthquake, people are struggling to get by.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


Soldiers of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces take notes at the MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) base in in Port-au-Prince, Tuesday Feb. 16, 2010. Japan has sent a 350 personnel engineering unit to the quake-devastated Caribbean nation that is expected to remove rubble and repair roads. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)


Soldiers of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces watch the activities at the MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) base in in Port-au-Prince, Tuesday Feb. 16, 2010. Japan has sent a 350 personnel engineering unit to the quake-devastated Caribbean nation that is expected to remove rubble and repair roads. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)


US Army soldiers from the 82 Airborne Division hold back children during a food distribution in Port-au-Prince, Monday Feb. 15, 2010. Haiti was struck by a magnitude 7 earthquake last Jan. 12, leaving thousands homeless and prompting a massive international relief effort. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 13, 2010) A Jordan U.N. peacekeeper prepare to distribute 904 bags of rice at an aid distribution point in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The site was previously administered by the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, but is now being managed by U.N. forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call/Released)


BAIE DE GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Feb. 17, 2010) Rear Adm. Victor G. Guillory, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, holds the child of a Haitian woman receiving medical care aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is participating in Operation Unified Response by providing medical support capabilities in Haiti. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stuart Phillips/Released)


BONEL, Haiti (Feb. 18, 2010) A Sailor assigned to Beach Master Unit (BMU) 2, left, directs a Seabee assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2 during  a humanitarian supply delivery at New Mission Beach compound. The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) is on station in Haiti along with the multi-purpose amphibious assault landing ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) as the Bataan Amphibious Relief Mission in support of Operation Unified Response to help stabilize and improve the situation in Haiti following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the island nation Jan 12, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 16, 2010) A Seabee assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2 removes rubble near Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. ACB-2 is conducting construction, humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kim Williams/Released)


LA GONAVE ISLAND, HAITI  An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 delivers building materials to La Gonave Island, Haiti, from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43).  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edward Kessler/Released)


Paratroopers with Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, assemble a tent for a needy family in Port-au-Prince on Feb. 16. Soldiers with HHC distributed and assembled five tents in four different locations around the city.
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kissta M. Feldner, 2BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. PAO)


Chief Master Sgt. Todd Hunt, a 35th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, directs the loading of cargo by a forklift Jan. 22, 2010, at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. Homestead served as an airlift hub for Operation Unified Response.


Transition to return tower to Haitian controllers begins – Reginald Bailey receives familiarization instruction from Air Force air traffic controllers in the mobile tower Feb. 1, 2010, at the airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The transition is currently taking place to hand over the tower and all flight operations responsibilities over to the Haitians. Bailey is a Haitian air traffic controller. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Larry W. Carpenter Jr.)


Spc. Latu Halafihi, a water purification specialist with the 82nd Water Det., 16th Quartermaster Company, 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 49th Group, provides local citizens with fresh water here Feb. 17. The 82nd Water Det. provides about 3,000 gallons of clean drinking water per day to those who live in the neighborhood. (Photo by Spc. A.M. LaVey)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 18, 2010) Civil affairs soldiers from U.S. Army Special Operations Command speak with children living in a tent city in Port-au-Prince, Feb. 18. The civil affairs team assesses medical, shelter, food and water needs to facilitate humanitarian assistance in the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Victoria Brayton/Released)


Sgt. Andrew Miltenberger (left),  and Capt. Scott Sann (right), both with the 544th Engineer Dive Team,  inspect the pier at the Port-au-Prince Seaport as a Haitian citizen watches from the support structure. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen Roach)

U.S. Army divers repair Haitian seaport
By Staff Sgt. Stephen Roach

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – U.S. Army divers are deployed to Haiti in support of operation unified response. The small team of engineers specializes in underwater repair, recovery operations, as well as demolition.

The 544th Engineer Dive Team from Fort Eustis, Va., was in Belize for a partner nation training opportunity with divers from Central Belize and Guatemala the day the earthquake devastated the island nation of Haiti and they were sent straight to Port au Prince, Haiti, to start mapping and surveying the Port-au-Prince Seaport shipping lanes to ensure there was access to the badly damaged pier.

There are only two ways to get supplies into Haiti, by air or by sea. The airport here has been congested since the earthquake struck and the seaport’s north pier was completely destroyed. That meant the south pier which was also badly damaged has to be repaired to allow for the offload of much needed relief supplies from large vessels. Ship-to-shore transport runs almost non-stop during the day, but the smaller vessels can only move so many supplies per trip. In order for the south pier to be used the Army divers have to restore vertical load stability.

Capt. Scott Sann, commander, 544th Engineer Dive Team, said, “The last thing you want to see is a ship weighed down with cargo that is meant for the Haitian people anchored out of the port waiting to come in. Our main mission right now is to get this pier back to its vertical load capability pre-earthquake.” Vertical load stability is needed to ensure trucks can move on and off of the pier without causing further damage or completely destroying it.

The repairs to the pier require a skill set that varies from SCUBA diving to carpentry. After one team did the assessment another went to work cleaning the supports before drilling holes for new rebar cages that add stability, while yet another team built wooden frames that will hold the concrete in place while it cures.

U.S. Army divers spend a lot of time training so they can handle complex tasks under stressful conditions. Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Bower, team master diver for the 544th Dive Team, said, “Army divers have a pretty large mission. We generally support the Army Corps of Engineers with repair and work in water front facilities like dams and other areas throughout North America and we do also travel outside the country. We spend a lot of time training, Army divers have to be jacks of all trades.”

The dive school in Panama City, Fla., is a six-month course. The first two months are diving-focused and the next four months are engineering-focused. Working from the USNS Grasp, a Navy vessel with a civilian Merchant Marine crew, the 544th divers rarely set foot on land. They sleep on the ship, ride to the pier on Zodiac boats, and get to work in the polluted waters of the seaport here in Port-au-Prince. The hours are long, the bacteria levels in the water are high, and falling debris can make the work very dangerous.

These U.S. Army divers will be out of sight under the pier working to open this seaport so more supplies can be delivered until they complete the mission.


Oldie but goodie :-)


[Gallery] Emergenza Haiti: il dispositivo militare – parte-19


U.S. Army Pfc. Jonathan Johnson, a cargo specialist, is part of a team working the Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore (JLOTS) system to get cargo ashore in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Marines build 400-patient medical facility in Port Au Prince

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 24 arrived at an empty soccer field here Jan. 31 with a mission – transform this recreation area into an interim medical after-care facility capable of treating up to 250 patients.

Within 48 hours the Marines and their Navy counterparts completed setting up a small tent city of large, green military tents neatly aligned across a field owned by car dealership owner Daniel Wozier. By Saturday there were 43 tents, capable of holding 400 patients and far exceeding the initial requirement, erected and the first three patients arrived from USNS Comfort.


A Brazilian UN peacekeeper, right, and a US Army soldier help a woman cross a ditch during a food distribution operation in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010.   (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)


A US Army solder drags a sack of rice during a food distribution operation organized by the US Army and Brazilian Army UN peacekeepers in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010.  (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)


Japanese soldiers watch as an Antonov aircraft loaded with Japanese aid to Haitian earthquake victims arrives at Port-au-Prince’s airport February 11, 2010. Four weeks after an earthquake shattered its capital, Haiti remains in a precarious situation with no clear idea of how to house 1 million people living in the streets, Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado


PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – FEBRUARY 11: A frustrated Haitian shouts at an American soldier as protesters demanded tents and more food aid on February 11, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. An early morning rain storm drenched camps for earthquake survivors, many of whom are living under sheets proped up with sticks.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – FEBRUARY 11: United Nations soldiers talk as protesters demanded tents and more food aid on February 11, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.


A portion of 30 GMC Sierra pickup trucks, loaded with medical supplies and donated by the Iowa Governor’s office, board a barge headed to Haiti and the relief efforts there February 10, 2010 in Dania Beach, Florida. The General Motors Foundation is donating the 30 GMC trucks to the Haitian relief effort, following former President Bill Clinton’s recent public call for vehicles to support recovery efforts. The trucks will be used to distribute supplies to outlying areas of the country. REUTERS/David Cabrera-GMC/Handout


South Korean army soldiers pose before leaving for Haiti at the Incheon International Airport, in South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. Thirty South Korean Army soldiers left for Haiti Wednesday to lay the groundwork for the arrival of the country’s main peacekeeping contingent on a mission to help rebuild the quake-ravaged nation.(AP Photo/Yonhap, Jin Sung-chul)


LIMBE, Haiti (Feb. 10, 2010) Civil affairs Soldiers assigned to Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command Haiti, talk with Dr. Asano about humanitarian assistance needs in Limbe, Haiti. Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command Haiti facilitates humanitarian support between the government of Haiti, non-governmental organizations and the United Nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Robert J. Fluegel/Released)


BIREY, Haiti (Feb. 10, 2010) Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), unload hundreds of jars of peanut butter for distribution to Haitians in Birey, Haiti.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rachael L. Leslie/Released)


NEPLY, Haiti (Feb. 7, 2010) A Haitian boy uses a meal-ready-to-eat bag as a backpack in Neply, Haiti. Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) are conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Hendrick Dickson/Released)


CARREFOUR, Haiti (Feb. 9, 2010) Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), assist with the loading of humanitarian aid supplied by the Maritime Civil Affairs Team in Carrefour, Haiti. The Maritime Civil Affairs Team is engaged with local Haitian organizations providing assistance to displaced Haitians.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stuart Phillips/Released)


CARREFOUR, Haiti (Feb. 9, 2010) A volunteer from Mouvman Fanm Aktif Kafou (MOFKA), a female-led community-support organization, distributes goods supplied by the Maritime Civil Affairs Team to Haitian families. The Maritime Civil Affairs Team is engaged with local Haitian organizations providing assistance to displaced Haitians.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stuart Phillips/Released)


CARIBBEAN SEA, Haiti (Feb. 9, 2010) Army Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 2000 conducts a stern-gate marriage with the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) to take on pallets of relief supplies. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rachael L. Leslie/Released)


KILLIC, Haiti (Feb. 5, 2010) Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) unload water from a landing craft for distribution in Killick, Haiti. Gunston Hall is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Meranda Keller/Released)


CARIBBEAN SEA, Haiti (Feb. 9, 2010) Landing craft mechanized boats from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2, depart the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) with relief supplies.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rachael L. Leslie/Released)


CARIBBEAN SEA, Haiti (Feb. 9, 2010) Landing craft mechanized boats from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2, depart the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) with relief supplies.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rachael L. Leslie/Released)


LEOGANE, Haiti (Feb. 9, 2010) A Haitian boy helps Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Shaunte Stafford, assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2, remove rubble from his former school. Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2 is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Monique Hilley/Released)


CARREFOUR, Haiti (Feb. 6, 2010) Marines from the 22nd Marine Expedition Unit (22nd MEU) carry supplies from an CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter after arriving at the Civilian Military Operations Center in Carrefour, Haiti. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Coleman Thompson/Released)


CARREFOUR, Haiti (Feb. 6, 2010) Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) conduct a reconnaissance patrol. The patrol marks the locations in need of supplies, ensures supplies are utilized appropriately, and provides security for local citizens. The 24th MEU is embarked with the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group supporting Operation unified Response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Coleman Thompson/Released)


CARREFOUR, Haiti (Feb. 6, 2010) Cpl. Tristan Wilkerson, from New Orleans, assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU), speaks to a community leader during a reconnaissance patrol. The patrol marks the locations in need of supplies, ensures supplies are utilized appropriately, and provides security for local citizens. The 24th MEU is embarked with the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group supporting Operation unified Response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Coleman Thompson/Released)


GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Feb. 10, 2010) Sailors load food and humanitarian supplies aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Guantanamo Bay is a logistical hub providing support for Operation Unified Response, a humanitarian assistance mission following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marie A. Montez/Released)


A critical care air transport team member (lower right) sits among litter patients being transported on an Air Force C-130 Hercules Feb. 8, 2010, on a flight bound for Florida. Critical care air transport teams from the 81st Medical Operations Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., are assisting in the airlift and treatment of Haitian earthquake victims to hospitals in Florida. (Courtesy photo)


PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI – 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) vehicles stand ready to execute missions in support of Joint Task Force – Haiti. The command deployed to the Caribbean country to provide logistics expertise to the international relief effort helping the country recover from a 7.0 magnitude ear Photo Credit: 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs


A Paratrooper assigned to A Co., 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, removes rubble from the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.


A U.S. Army Soldier escorts a man and his son who recently arrived from the USNS Comfort to the Killick Point Medical facility.


[Gallery] Emergenza Haiti: il dispositivo militare – parte 18


US Army soldiers look on as U.N. peacekeepers assist a woman with breathing problems outside the National Stadium in Port-au-Prince, Monday, Feb. 8, 2010.  (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)


U.N. peacekeepers stands guard atop of an armored vehicle as women carry bags of rice received during a food distribution operation  in Port-au-Prince, Monday, Feb. 8, 2010.  (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)


Thirty-four Japanese engineers, who are members of the Japan Self-Defense Force, arrive at the national airport in Port-au-Prince February 7, 2010. REUTERS/Kena Betancur


Japanese soldiers arrive at the international airport to participate on road reconstruction jobs in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010.


Japanese soldiers that will engage in U.N. peacekeeping operations and help with reconstruction activities are seen upon arrival at the international airport in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010.


BAIE DE GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Feb. 6, 2010) Dr. Alex Larsen, the Minister of Public Health in Haiti, speaks with a Haitian patient in the medical ward aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a visit with Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Wilson/Released)


ORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 6, 2010) Builder 2nd Class Andrej Paskevic, assigned to Underwater Construction Team(UCT) 1, drills guide holes into a damaged section of a pier. UCT-1 and Army Divers are conducting repair operations in the main seaport of Port-au-Prince as part of the humanitarian and disaster relief mission in support of Operation Unified Response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Lussier/Released)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 6, 2010) Army Diver Staff Sgt. William D’Angelo, assigned to the 544th Engineer Dive Team, right, drills guide holes into a damaged section of a pier at the port in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. UCT-1 is conducting repair operations in the main seaport of Port-au-Prince, Haiti as part of the humanitarian and disaster relief mission in support of Operation Unified Response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Lussier/Released)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 6, 2010) Army Diver Staff Sgt. William D’Angelo, assigned to the 544th Engineer Dive Team, left, and Builder 2nd Class Andrej Paskevic, assigned to Underwater Construction Team(UCT) One, drill guide holes into a damaged section of pier. UCT-1 and Army Divers are conducting repair operations in the main seaport of Port-au-Prince as part of the humanitarian and disaster relief mission in support of Operation Unified Response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Lussier/Released)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 5, 2010) Steelworker 1st Class William Butcher, assigned to Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 1, drills guide holes into a damaged section of a pier at the port in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. UCT-1 is conducting repair operations in the main seaport of Port-au-Prince, Haiti as part of the humanitarian and disaster relief mission in support of Operation Unified Response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Lussier/Released)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 6, 2010) Builder 2nd Class Andrej Paskevic, assigned to Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 1, drills guide holes into a damaged section of pier at the port in Port-au-Prince. UCT-1 and U.S. Army divers are conducting repair operations in the main seaport during Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Lussier/Released)


Grand Goave, Haiti (Feb. 6, 2010) Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) construct a temporary shelter in Grand Goave, Haiti. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stuart Phillips/Released)


Grand Goave, Haiti (Feb. 6, 2010) A Sailor from the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) receives a helping-hand from a young Haitian as they construct a temporary shelter in Grand Goave, Haiti.


GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Feb. 4, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Philip Davila, from Petronila, Texas, assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan, examines a Haitian woman’s leg as Chief Warrant Officer Wilfrid Bossous translates.  (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Michael Quisao/Released)


LEOGANE, Haiti (Feb. 6, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kelby Mays, from Weatherford, Texas, assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), plays soccer with a boy at a field treatment camp at the Hospital Cardinal Leger. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Hendrick Dickson/Released)


LEOGANE, Haiti (Feb. 6, 2010) Seaman Eric Shields, from Indianapolis, Ind., assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), rolls a wheelbarrow filled with rubble from a destroyed building at the Hospital Cardinal Leger. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Hendrick Dickson/Released)


LEOGANE, Haiti (Feb. 6, 2010) Lt. Dalia Figueroa, from Puerto Rico, a medical officer aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), examines a at a field treatment camp at the Hospital Cardinal Leger. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Hendrick Dickson/Released)


LEOGANE, Haiti (Feb. 5, 2010) Utilitiesman 3rd Class John Pruitt, from Brighton, Ill., assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2 embarked aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), chips away the damage on a building at Hospital Cardinal Leger. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Monique Hilley/Released)


CONCRAVE, Haiti (Feb. 4, 2010) Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) prepare to distribute food at an aid distribution center.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Monique Hilley/Released)


KILLICK, Haiti (Feb. 5, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Kisha Wright, from Valdosta, Ga., assigned to the medical department of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), applies an anti-bacterial ointment to the upper forehead of a Haitian child in the recovery ward at the Killick Haitian Coast Guard Base. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Stratton/Released)


KILLICK, Haiti (Feb. 5, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Kisha Wright, from Valdosta, Ga., assigned to the medical department of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), checks the vital signs of a Haitian boy in the recovery ward at the Killick Haitian Coast Guard Base.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Stratton/Released)


AP-HAITIEN, Haiti (Feb. 2, 2010) A Naval Air Crewman and volunteers carry a patient from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Sea Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22.  (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communications Specialist Robert J. Fluegel/Released)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 5, 2010) Senior leaders from Joint Task Force Haiti and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 work in one of the command tents near the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti supporting humanitarian assistance operations as part of Operation Unified Response. (U.S. Navy photo by Logistics Specialist 1st Class Kelly Chastain/Released)


BAIE DE GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Feb. 6, 2010) Capt. Sam Howard, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), right, visits Haitian patients in the medical ward with Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, center, and members of his official party during an official visit to Bataan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Wilson/Released)


KILLICK, Haiti (Feb. 5, 2010) Chief Quartermaster Deenicia Canty, from Lake City, Fla. assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), holds a newborn baby at the Killick Haitian Coast Guard Base after the infant and mother were brought back ashore following their stay aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Stratton/Released)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 4, 2010) Landing Craft Unit 1663 comes along side the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) to receive supplies to assist with humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response. (U.S. Navy photo, by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason R. Zalasky/Released)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 3, 2010) Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) disembark from Landing Craft Unit (LCU) 1645 to provide personnel and supplies to assist with humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Patrick Gordon/Released)

ABOARD USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20), At Anchor – Jeanne Bernard Pierre, director of the Institute of Social Welfare in Haiti, visited the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) Feb. 8 to evaluate the needs of displaced Haitian children on board. Pierre brought a team of representatives from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and social workers to help victims of the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake find loved ones, or in cases where entire families were lost, a new home.

“The first goal of the visit is to say thank you to the U.S. government who provided health care for Haitian children,” Pierre said.  “We are here to protect the children and to find out if they have parents so they can track down families, and if their parents are gone, find other options like foster families.”

Comfort is working closely with members of UNICEF, Red Cross and the Haitian Institute of Social Welfare to ensure that the children do not get lost in the aftermath of this tragedy.

“There have been success stories through both the Red Cross and UNICEF finding patients’ families,” said Lt. Andrea Hernandez, a pediatric nurse aboard Comfort.  “We are making arrangements with transfer facilities to reunite patients with their families once they have been identified.”

Patient discharge coordinator Capt. Colleen Gallagher met with Pierre during her visit to facilitate interviews with children aboard the hospital ship who are still unidentified.

“I think that if the Comfort wasn’t here those children probably would have died,” Pierre said.  “After a disaster like this, the United States has come and helped, but the Haitian government needs others to help as well to rebuild Haiti and create sustainability.”


Capt. Kelly Pajak, along with Haitian workers, helps with the construction of the deployable Joint Command and Control Center, the headquarters for Joint Task Force-Haiti. The Army South team worked together with both governmental and non-governmental organizations, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USAID and Haitian workers, to complete the command center.


The only Army Reserve aviation brigade, the 244th Aviation Brigade, has geared up to deploy troops and equipment to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response. More than 300 Soldiers from 244th Aviation Brigade will deploy today to support humanitarian operations in Haiti. Along with Soldiers, the 244th is sending nine CH-47 Chinook helicopters and four UH-60 Black Hawks.


In attività l’ospedale del Cavour

Da Marina.Difesa.it:

La portaerei Cavour ha sbarcato a Puerto Caucedo (Santo Domingo) i veicoli e automezzi – cingolati e su ruote – destinati ai soccorsi alla popolazione di Haiti. La Task Force composta dalla Brigata Julia, Carabinieri, militari dell’Aeronautica, personale della Croce Rossa Italiana e Fucilieri di Marina del Reggimento San Marco ha raggiunto le zone di Haiti maggiormente colpite via terra trasportando una parte dei viveri destinati alla distribuzione ai bisognosi.

Completata l’operazione di sbarco il Comandante, Capitano di Vascello Gianluigi Reversi, ha posizionato Nave Cavour nelle acque antistanti la città di Port Au Prince, dove le capacità sanitarie offerte dalla zona ospedaliera di bordo sono richieste: 2 ambulatori, sala rianimazione, 2 sale operatorie, 8 posti letto per terapia intensiva, sala radiologica-TAC, sala trattamento ustionati, laboratorio di analisi, laboratorio odontoiatrico e camera iperbarica trasportabile per il trattamento delle sindromi da schiacciamento.

Per altre immagini visitate:
http://www.marina.difesa.it/diario/2010/0205_haiti_04/index.asp

(foto: Marina Militare Italiana)


[Gallery] Emergenza Haiti: il dispositivo militare – parte 17


A member of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces puts his hat on a girl before leaving for Haiti at Haneda international airport in Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. About 160 members of the forces left for Haiti Saturday in their U.N. peacekeeping operations in the Caribbean nation devastated by the Jan. 12 quake. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)


UN peacekeepers of Nigeria, patrol the streets of downtown Port-au-Prince, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12, killing and injuring thousands, but also leaving more than a half million people living in outdoor makeshift camps. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – FEBRUARY 05:  A woman looks on as U.N. Brazilian soldiers keep watch during a food distribution February 5, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The death toll from the earthquake has reached 212,000 with 300,000 injured and over one million homeless.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – FEBRUARY 05:  People look on as a U.N. Brazilian soldier keeps watch during a food distribution February 5, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The death toll from the earthquake has reached 212,000 with 300,000 injured and over one million homeless.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)


In this photo released by the MINUSTAH, UN special envoy for Haiti and former President Bill Clinton shakes hands with US soldiers as he visits Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 5, 2010. Clinton expanded his U.N. role as head of relief and reconstruction efforts. (AP Photo/MINUSTAH, Sophia Paris)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – FEBRUARY 4:  In this handout image provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the United Nations’ (MINUSTAH) Peruvian Peacekeepers and the US Army provide security for a World Food Programme food distribution coordinated by GOAL, the international humanitarian aide organization, in Place St. Pierre in Petionville on February 4, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Each woman is given a card and then is helped with a 20 kilogram bag of rice by one of the men from the GOAL team.  Place St. Pierre has become a makeshift camp for people who lost their homes in the earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12th.   (Photo by Sophia Paris/MINUSTAH via Getty Images)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – FEBRUARY 4:  In this handout image provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the United Nations’ (MINUSTAH) Peruvian Peacekeepers and the US Army provide security for a World Food Programme food distribution coordinated by GOAL, the international humanitarian aide organization, in Place St. Pierre in Petionville on February 4, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Photo by Sophia Paris/MINUSTAH via Getty Images)


A U.S. soldier helps a woman carry a bag of rice during a distribution of food in downtown Port-au-Prince February 3, 2010. Aid groups and troops from around the world have struggled to distribute food, water and medical care to an estimated 3 million Haitians injured or left homeless in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that wrecked much of Haiti’s capital on Jan. 12, killing as many as 200,000 people. REUTERS/Kena Betancur


A U.S. soldier helps a woman carry a bag of rice during a distribution of food in Port-au-Prince February 3, 2010. Aid groups and troops from around the world have struggled to distribute food, water and medical care to an estimated 3 million Haitians injured or left homeless in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that wrecked much of Haiti’s capital on Jan. 12, killing as many as 200,000 people. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte


A US soldier gives a bag of rice to a resident during food distribution in downtown Port-au-Prince February 3, 2010. Aid groups and troops from around the world have struggled to distribute food, water and medical care to an estimated 3 million Haitians injured or left homeless in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that wrecked much of Haiti’s capital on Jan. 12, killing as many as 200,000 people.    REUTERS/Kena Betancur


GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Feb. 4, 2010) Cmdr. Kristine Johnson comforts a Haitian girl while Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Gina Martinez vaccinated her at a clinic set up by the U.S. Public Health Service and Sailors, Marines and embarked staff assigned to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christina M. Shaw/Released)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 4, 2010) Haitians watch as members of Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2 deliver humanitarian aid in the main seaport of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. ACB-2 is conducting construction, humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Lussier/Released)


LEOGANE, Haiti (Feb. 3, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sergio Hernandez, assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50),  treats the foot wound of a Haitian woman at the Hospital Cardinal de Legar in Leogane, Haiti. Carter Hall is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Hendrick Dickson/Released)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 2, 2010) A member of Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 1 arranges hoses after completing work on a damaged pier at the main seaport of Port-au-Prince, Haiti after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake damaged the port Jan. 12. UDT-1 is part of a joint-service dive task force assessing and repairing the damage to port facilities as part of the humanitarian and disaster relief to Haiti, Operation Unified Response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kim Williams/Released)


KILLICK, Haiti (Feb. 4, 2010) Sailors assigned to the deck department of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) move supplies to a staging area during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1). Gunston Hall was diverted from a scheduled deployment to West Africa to help Haitian relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Stratton/Released)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 3, 2010) Airmen, assigned to Air Force Expeditionary Medical Squadron (EMEDS) 463, from Travis Air Force Base, Sacramento, Calif., and Navy corpsman treat earthquake survivors at an expeditionary medical facility located along the harbor of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the nation Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Todd Frantom/Released)


BODEN, Haiti (Feb. 2, 2010) Ensign Kendrick Garrett, assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), gives candy to Haitian children. Normandy is deployed in support of Operation Unified Response. (U.S. Navy Photo by Lt. j.g. Heather Heyob/Released)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 27, 2010) Air Crewman 2nd Class Michael Hill, assigned to Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46, Detachment 3, assists non-ambulatory patients being medically evacuated. HSL 46 Det. 3 is embarked aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) as part of Operation Unified Response. (U.S. Navy photo by Aircrewman 3rd Class Derek Weikart/Released)


COTES DE FER, Haiti (Jan. 21, 2010) Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) unload relief supplies fromm a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461. The Marines set up a temporary relief-supply distribution point.  The 22nd MEU, embarked aboard the ships of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Mission, is deployed in support of relief operations in Haiti. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. David Castillo/Released)


BIREY, Haiti (Feb. 2, 2010) Chief Warrant Officer Jason Taggart, from Wallsville, Ohio, provides first aid to a Haitian woman at a distribution point. Fort McHenry is participating in Operation Unified Response as part of the Bataan Amphibious Relief Mission in Haiti following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake Jan 12. (Official U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rachael L. Leslie/Released)


BAIE DE GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Feb. 3, 2010) The amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) operates off the coast of Baie de Grand Goave, Haiti. Nassau is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class W. B. Swoboda/Released)


KILLICK, Haiti (Feb. 3, 2010) Air Force 1st Lt. Randall Hicks, assigned to the medical element of Joint Task Force Bravo from Oak Grove, Minn., and Capt. Cindy Thebaud, commander of Africa Partnership Station West, embarked aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), carry a Haitian man to a tent after being treated at the medical clinic at Killick Haitian Coast Guard Base. Gunston Hall was diverted from an Africa Partnership Station West mission to help Haitian relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Stratton/Released)


BAIE DE PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 2, 2010) Air crewmen and flight deck personnel unload medical relief supplies from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, during a delivery to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12.   (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Wilson/Released)


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– PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 2, 2010) A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft lifts off from the runway at Aerodome de Jacmel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after delivering humanitarian supplies. Several U.S. and international military and non-governmental agencies are conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Wilson/Released)


IREY, Haiti (Feb. 1, 2010) Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock-landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) unload medical and hygiene supplies donated to Project Handclasp for distribution in Haiti. Fort McHenry is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justan Williams/Released)


GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Feb. 1, 2010) A Haitian boy does cartwheels on the beach with the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) in the background. Bataan is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samantha Robinett/Released)


GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Feb. 1, 2010) Cpl. Daniel Earls, assigned to the  the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), hugs a Haitian boy at the Heart to Heart orphanage. Bataan is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samantha Robinett/Released)


GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Feb. 1, 2010) Lance Cpl. Tyler Woodard, assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), swings on the swing set at the Heart to Heart orphanage with a Haitian girl. Bataan is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samantha Robinett/Released)


BAIE DE GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Feb. 1, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Philip Davila, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), walks with Hatian children into the Heart to Heart orphanage. Bataan is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samantha Robinett/Released)


LEOGANE, Haiti (Feb. 1, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Jacob Earl examines a Haitian woman’s eye at a medical clinic set up by the amphibious dock-landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) medical department. Carter Hall is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Monique Hilley/Released)


LEOGANE, Haiti (Feb. 1, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sergio Hernandez examines a Haitian girl complaining of stomach pain at a medical clinic set up by the amphibious dock-landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) medical department. Carter Hall is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Monique Hilley/Released)


BIREY, Haiti (Jan. 30, 2010) Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock-landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) sort more than 1,000 meals-ready-to-eat (MREs) at a Birey, Haiti school. Carter Hall is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Monique Hilley/Released)


Paratroopers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, distribute water to citizens of Port-au-Prince, Haiti


Lt. Col. Mark Green (center) demonstrates the proper technique for anchoring an Expeditionary Medical Support hospital Jan. 25, 2010, in Haiti. Colonel Green is the commander of the Kansas Air National Guard’s 190th Civil Engineering Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Emily Alley)


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Arrivata ad Haiti la portaerei Cavour

Copio e incollo dal sito ufficiale della Marina Militare Italiana:

La portaerei Cavour con gli aiuti nazionali dopo la sosta tecnica a Fortaleza (Brasile) dove ha imbarcato personale ed elicotteri della Marina brasilian, è giunta nelle acque territoriali di Haiti.

Gli elicotteri imbarcati hanno iniziato a trasportare a terra personale di primo soccorso, derrate alimentari, medicinali e quanto necessario per allestire le postazioni logistiche per la distribuzione.

Terminata questa fase, Nave Cavour dirigerà per Puerto Caucedo (Santo Domingo), per sbarcare i veicoli e automezzi, cingolati e su ruote, dellla Task Force: Brigata Julia, Carabinieri, militari dell’Aeronautica, personale della Croce Rossa Italiana e Fucilieri di Marina del Reggimento San Marco.

Dopo lo sbarco di uomini e mezzi la portaerei Cavour dirigerà verso Port Au Prince e rimarrà a disposizione con le capacità sanitarie offerte dalla zona ospedaliera di bordo.

http://www.marina.difesa.it/diario/2010/0202_haiti_02/index.asp

Certo che oh, tre foto in croce, nessuna data ben visibile…. madonna mia che pena i siti istituzionali delle FF.AA. :-(

Vabbeh, approfitto di questo breve post per augurare un BUON LAVORO a tutto il personale italiano inviato a Haiti.


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