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USS Bunker Hill Arrives in Haiti in Support of Humanitarian Relief Mission

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Story Number: NNS100123-18
Release Date: 1/23/2010 5:01:00 PM

From USS Bunker Hill Public Affairs

POINTE-Á-RAQUETTE, Haiti (NNS) -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) arrived at Île de la Gonâve, Haiti, Jan. 20, for humanitarian operations as part of Operation Unified Response.

Since the ship's arrival, the crew has delivered more than 1,800 gallons of fresh water and provided intermediate medical care to Pointe-á-Raquette, a village of more than 3,000 inhabitants.

Bunker Hill's crew of 31 officers and 277 enlisted Sailors under the command of Capt. Dominic DeScisciolo, will continue to support the people of Île de la Gonâve, Haiti by conducting first contact and needs assessment, as well as supply water and acute medical care to people fleeing the capital of Port-au-Prince and villages on the main island of Haiti.

"Our crew is well trained and ready to provide support to the Republic of Haiti humanitarian relief mission. We hope to collect valuable information regarding medical and humanitarian assistance needs arising from recent events in Haiti," said DeScisciolo.

Bunker Hill conducted a full weapons on load from Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station in early January and got underway to escort USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) from Norfolk Va., to San Diego. While in route to the Panama Canal, Haiti was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Bunker Hill was tasked with making best speed to Haiti to assist with humanitarian aid operations. After quickly refueling in Panama prior to transiting the Panama Canal, Bunker Hill assumed station off the coast earlier this week.

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