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Carter Hall Arrives in Guantanamo, Onloads Relief Supplies

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Story Number: NNS100126-01
Release Date: 1/26/2010 7:36:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Hendrick L. Dickson, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) onloaded more than 400 pallets of water, food rations and medical supplies, as well as thousands of cots and tents to support Operation Unified Response, in less than 24 hours during a brief stop at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) Jan. 24.

Carter Hall coordinated with Task Force 48, the joint logistic hub at GTMO established in an effort to lift humanitarian relief supplies to Haiti, to onload 157 pallets of water bottles, 27 pallets of 5-gallon water cans and 227 pallets of food rations.

Additionally, the crew loaded 6,000 cots and 326 tents that will be used to provide beds and shelter for those in need.

"My crew worked around the clock, non-stop to get all the supplies safely loaded," said Cmdr. George Doyon, Carter Hall commanding officer. "The weight of the mission rests on their shoulders, and they continue to exceed my expectations."

Task Force 48 was established and staffed at GTMO to take advantage of the first-rate facility and short distance from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

"The military personnel here are working non-stop, around the clock coordinating the air and sea assets to deliver immediate, life-saving supplies to Haiti," said Rear Adm. Wolfe, commander of Task Force 48. "The timely delivery of this aid is only possible due to the close proximity of Naval Base Guantanamo Bay to the affected area. GTMO is obviously a critical asset to meet the strategic needs in this region."

Carter Hall arrived on station in Haiti Jan. 18. The ship has been a vital asset to the relief mission, with detachments from Beach Masters Unit 2, Seabees from Amphibious Construction Battalion 2, Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit and tons of heavy equipment to establish accessible beach landing sites in Haiti and efficiently deliver supplies and medical treatment to the Haitian people.

The Carter Hall medical team also established the Hope Estate Treatment Facility and treated more than 500 Haitian people and arranged more than 20 medical evacuations.

"USS Carter Hall is flexing in many areas, taking this natural and logistic disaster and making it a point of success for the amphibious assets of the Navy," said Doyon.

Carter Hall is part of the Bataan Amphibious Relief Mission. The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) is on station in Haiti with the amphibious dock landing ships USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and Carter Hall supporting Operation Unified Response, a joint humanitarian assistance mission to Haiti following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake Jan. 12.

For more news from USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), visit www.navy.mil/local/lsd50/.



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