The USMC has operated off of what it would call its sea-base to operate in Haiti. By bringing the 22nd MEU into operation after its normal deployment coupled with the 24th MEU, the USMC has brought significant Seabase capability off of Haiti to assist in emergency operations.
The photo slide show provides a sense of USMC operations in Haiti. The 22nd MEU was sent from North Carolina, although it had just returned from several months at sea. The 24th MEU was beginning its deployment cycle. A measure of the magnitude of the relief effort was that both MEUs were deployed.
In the first photo, USS Carter Hall sits of the coast of Haiti, while a landing craft unit brings Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit and supplies outside Leogane, Jan. 20. The 22nd MEU is a multi-mission capable force comprised of Aviation Combat Element, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 (Reinforced); Logistics Combat Element, Combat Logistics Battalion 22; Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment; and its command element.
In the second photo, a crewmember of USNS Sacagawea hooks pallets of Meals-Ready-To-Eats to a Navy MH-60S Night Hawk from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 for transfer to USS Bataan during a re-supply, Jan. 23, 2010. Of the 534 pallets of supplies brought onboard, 434 are to be used as aid to the people of Haiti. Approximately 2,000 Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked from Camp Lejeune, N.C., to help support Operation Unified Response on Jan. 15, 2010.
In the third photo, a Navy MH-60S Night Hawk from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 lifted pallets of Meals-Ready-To Eat from the USNS Sacagawea, Jan. 23, 2010. Of the 534 pallets of supplies brought onboard, 434 are to be used as aid to the people of Haiti.
In the fourth photo, Marines from Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 162 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, depart a MV-22 Osprey on the flight deck of USS Nassau Jan. 19. The 24th MEU Marines and Sailors embarked vessels of the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group, marking the onset of their six-month deployment.
The fifth photo shows the 24th MEU’s Ospreys stored on deck for the deployment operation for use in Haiti.
The sixth photo shows the Osprey deployed in the Haiti emergency relief operation. U.S. Marines and Sailors from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit board a MV-22 Osprey aircraft during the medical evacuation of an earthquake victim Jan. 25, 2010, in Grand Saline, Haiti. The range of the Osprey allowed it to be used throughout the island.
And the seventh photo shows one of the assessment USMC teams boarding an Osprey in Mirebalis, Haiti for the Haiti emergency relief operation.
The eighth photo pictures the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Nassau receiving a landing craft air cushion as it transits near the Haitian coast. Nassau is deployed as part of the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit supporting Operation Unified Response, the humanitarian aid and disaster relief mission in Haiti in the aftermath of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake Jan. 12, 2010.
The ninth photo shows USS Nassau having received the landing craft air cushion.
The tenth photo shows two Marine MV-22 Ospreys landing at L’Ouverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan 27. The MV-22 aircraft are being used to move people and cargo where fixed wing aircraft can not go.
The eleventh pictures a U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey preparing to land on Jan. 27 at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 27 during Operation Unified Response.
The final photo shows the MV-22 Osprey preparing to land while a U.S. Navy HH-60 helicopter takes off on Jan. 27 at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Credit: USMC , 22nd and 24th MEUs
***Posted January 30th, 2010