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Navy, Coast Guard deploying forces to Haiti
The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 13 Jan 10 | Corinne Reilly

Posted on 01/13/2010 11:28:13 AM PST by GATOR NAVY

NORFOLK

Thousands of Hampton Roads sailors received orders this morning to prepare to deploy to Haiti as part of a massive U.S. effort to deliver humanitarian assistance in the wake of Tuesday’s devastating earthquake.

At least four Norfolk-based ships are getting ready to leave for the impoverished country, said Ted Brown, a spokesman with Norfolk’s Fleet Forces Command. The amphibious assault ship Bataan, the guided missile cruiser Normandy and the dock landing ships Fort McHenry and Carter Hall will likely leave port by Friday, the Navy said.

Expeditionary forces based at the Little Creek campus of the Joint Expeditionary Base also are preparing to deploy, Brown said.

Additional Navy ships that will deliver humanitarian assistance include the frigate Underwood, based in Mayport, Fla., and the hospital ship Comfort, homeported in Baltimore.

The San Diego-based aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, which left Norfolk on Tuesday after finishing its midlife overhaul, has been redirected to load equipment and supplies to assist in the recovery, Brown said.

Several U.S. Coast Guard ships also have been deployed to the area, including the Portsmouth-based cutter Forward, which arrived in Haiti early this morning, said Senior Chief Petty Officer Steve Carleton. The Coast Guard’s first order of business will be to assess whether main ports near Port-au-Prince are clear to receive ships carrying aid, Carleton said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: earthquake; godspeed; haiti; haitianearthquake; haitiearthquake; haitiquake; haitiquake2010; navy; norfolk; relief; sailors; shipmovement; uscg; usnavy
The Coast Guard’s first order of business will be to assess whether main ports near Port-au-Prince are clear to receive ships carrying aid, Carleton said.

Can't see that the port could be in much worse condition than it already was unless tremendous improvements were made since 2005 when the ship I was on at the time went there. These guys have their work cut out for them.

1 posted on 01/13/2010 11:28:14 AM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: GATOR NAVY

Indeed they do. I can just see them being swarmed by people who want to get off the island; hampering their efforts to assess the Port facilties...


2 posted on 01/13/2010 11:31:56 AM PST by HiJinx (Remember - never drink downstream from the herd.)
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To: GATOR NAVY

The United States, as always, is among the first to offer aid. It will be interesting to watch who else contributes - and how much.


3 posted on 01/13/2010 11:36:29 AM PST by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Is the carrier a nuke? If it is, it could light up the whole island.


4 posted on 01/13/2010 11:40:20 AM PST by RC2
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To: Churchillspirit

Why don’t we just annex the place, half their people are already here and we pump in bucks every year when a hurricane gets within 50 miles of the place.
Now that the demo is done just bulldoze the rest and start building resorts. It would give the people meaningful jobs and the Canadians a new place to go in the winter


5 posted on 01/13/2010 11:42:52 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: GATOR NAVY
Can't see that the port could be in much worse condition than it already was unless tremendous improvements were made since 2005 when the ship I was on at the time went there. These guys have their work cut out for them.

Probably why they need to use the Marines instead of the Peace Corps. The Marines can go in over a beach. Not as efficient as a port, but probably better than a piss poor port that then got hit by an earthquake. And the Marines can keep the locals from pilfering everything that we send down there.

To be absolutely honest Haiti is so bad i don't think anything we do will make the least impact. We will hand out some food and water and feed some people for a while. But when we to home or are driven out the place will go back to being the same cesspool that it was before the quake. I just hope we get all our guys back.
6 posted on 01/13/2010 11:47:12 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: RC2

USN has NO non-nuke Carriers in service. And my Big Brother is in the CoastGuard at Norfolk, Now I wonder if he got pulled and deployed to Haiti. Hope the Sailors stay safe. Dangerous world when all facilities fall down.


7 posted on 01/13/2010 11:48:20 AM PST by King_Corey (www.kingcorey.com)
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To: Churchillspirit

We have learned our lesson. Remember the sunami in Asia and all the flak we took for waiting days to send aid. I think after that we will always jump on it so we don’t get that flak again.


8 posted on 01/13/2010 11:59:56 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: King_Corey

Actually Kitty Hawk is still active until 31 January 2010. Splittin hairs I know :)


9 posted on 01/13/2010 12:03:36 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: GATOR NAVY
The San Diego-based aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, which left Norfolk on Tuesday after finishing its midlife overhaul, has been redirected to load equipment and supplies to assist in the recovery, Brown said.

My BIL is on the Vinson. He's been away from his family in SD for over a year...this will delay his return.

10 posted on 01/13/2010 12:07:13 PM PST by TankerKC (But I used spell cheque.)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Another Haitian Crime Wave headed for US again.


11 posted on 01/13/2010 12:25:05 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats: the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy and Sedition)
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To: Robe

Sounds like a good plan to me. The place is a cesspool.


12 posted on 01/13/2010 12:28:42 PM PST by mojitojoe (“Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.” - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Ouderkirk

I live in Miami.

The Haitians are by-and-large extremely family oriented, law abiding residents (there are always exceptions to all, even you and me)

The problems here are not mostly caused by the Haitians, but by their brothers who grew up under the past several decades of welfare.


13 posted on 01/13/2010 12:29:59 PM PST by Sigurdrifta
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To: Robe

We should make it a Commonwealth of the USA. Let them elect their leaders as we watch to make sure the elections are fair. We could send aid but also re-build their infra-structure and turn it into a tourist destination. They could provide cheap labor for factories—maybe build cars there or other things. We could plant some trees and set up universities to offer medical degrees.


14 posted on 01/13/2010 12:39:44 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Sigurdrifta

What I find most interesting is that no-one it talking a word about the Dominican Republic on the other side of the island.

It’s only 25 miles to the Dominican Border


15 posted on 01/13/2010 12:54:03 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats: the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy and Sedition)
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To: Ouderkirk

My wife works for an “international agency” in the Caribbean and Latin America. She has been many times to both countries (Haiti and Dominican Republic) and the difference when you cross the border is like night and day. The earthquake was felt in the Dominican Republic with some damage, but I suspect the real problem relates to a similar one asked after Katrina: “Why did Mississippi handle Katrina much better than New Orleans?”
(This does not have to do with race, but with the fact that Haiti’s only viable industry these days is international aid.)


16 posted on 01/13/2010 1:11:53 PM PST by Sigurdrifta
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To: King_Corey

I believe WASP class are steam powered (non-nuclear)?


17 posted on 01/13/2010 1:32:50 PM PST by Sigurdrifta
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To: Ouderkirk

That’s because the Dominican Republic is a capitalist representative democracy.


18 posted on 01/13/2010 1:38:20 PM PST by gura (R-MO)
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To: RC2

Your post implies that there is a power distribution infrastructure in Haiti. The power from a CVN would set the nearest substation on fire, and that’s about it.


19 posted on 01/13/2010 1:40:09 PM PST by gura (R-MO)
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To: Robe

I think we should bring in some Cubans to teach them how to build powered rafts out of the cars on the island and let them float to New Orleans. While that’s going on, bulldoze everything left in that hellhole, then give the land to the Dominican Republic afterwards.

The Haitians will fit right in their new city, and we can rename the Saints the “New Orleans Necklaces”.


20 posted on 01/13/2010 1:42:41 PM PST by gura (R-MO)
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To: GATOR NAVY
Retired Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré (remember the stuck on stupid observation during Katrina?) just took the State Dept. to the woodshed during a CNN interview just concluded, in giving his advice as to what needs to happen immediately in Haiti, and especially at the airport.

Bottom line: The military needs to take charge (assume command of the effort.)

Very enlightening, to say the least.

21 posted on 01/13/2010 2:18:15 PM PST by freepersup (HELP find the "sharp dressed man" call 1 800 FBI MUMM)
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To: Sigurdrifta

WASP is an LHD, not technically a carrier.


22 posted on 01/13/2010 8:43:37 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: GATOR NAVY

Our commitment to Haiti is only going to increase. We will probably end up sending over 20,000 troops there just to provide security, as the Haitian government does not exist anymore.


23 posted on 01/13/2010 8:47:28 PM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: GATOR NAVY
Burn all the bodies, evacuate all residents in affected areas to safe and stable environments, level the affected area, and start from scratch.

Anything else is a recipe for another disaster on top of the natural one.

24 posted on 01/13/2010 8:50:15 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Rome2000
Anything else is a recipe for another disaster on top of the natural one.

Unfortunately, I doubt that practicality will be a major consideration.

25 posted on 01/13/2010 8:59:28 PM PST by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: GATOR NAVY

bump


26 posted on 01/13/2010 9:09:30 PM PST by VOA
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