U.S. military forces are mobilizing to support international disaster relief efforts underway in Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake that ravaged the Caribbean nation. The focus of the mission is search and rescue and disaster relief.
SOUTHCOM assessment /C2 team
AF Special Ops personnel
4 U.S. Coast Guard cutters
Team from 82nd Airborne
EN ROUTE/PREPPING TO DEPLOY:
USS Carl Vinson
USS Fort McHenry
Mission Details (Jan. 14):
SOUTHCOM is the lead DoD agency for information regarding U.S. military support to Haiti relief ops.
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Latest press advisory:
- Jan 14: Media embed on USS Vinson
- Jan 14: SOUTHCOM to host press conference, TODAY, 3 PM
- Jan. 14: Gen. Fraser SOUTHCOM briefing
- Jan. 14: Obama briefing on Haiti
- Jan. 13. DoD Press Briefing
- Jan. 13: State Dept. Press Briefing
APAN (All Partners Access Network) is being used by U.S. Southern Command to facilitate information-sharing and collaboration between DoD, non-DoD, U.S. Government, Non-Governmental Organizations and International Organizations involved in the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operation currently underway in Haiti
Current U.S. military efforts will focus on working with MUNUSTAH and local responders to provide search and rescue, disaster relief and security, if necessary.
About 329 DoD personnel are on the ground to help. More than 6,000 miltiary personnel (including on ships) will be in the vicinity of Haiti by this weekend.
The SOUTHCOM assessment team and command and control team are working with U.S. embassy personnel as well as Haitian, United Nations and international officials to assess the situation and facilitate U.S. military support.
Elements of the U.S. Air Force 1st Special Operations Wing have departed the international airport at Port au Prince, Haiti, after providing initial air traffic control capability and re-establishing airfield operations. The team remains for additional taskings.
Coast Guard cutters and aircraft continue to support current search and rescue operations and provide security for the area.
An initial company from the 82nd Airborne Division arrived today and are gearing up to help, including providing increased command & control. The bulk of the 82nd personnel (about 700) are expected to arrive in the next few days.
USS Higgins is also now in Haiti and will support relief operations.
On the Way:
The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson, is underway and expected to arrive off the coast of Haiti Friday. The ship has 19 helicopters aboard.
The USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is set to deploy to Haiti. The group includes USS Bataan, USS Fort McHenry, USS Carter Hall and the 2,200-person 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. The ships will also include an assortment of helicopters (#â€™s not finalized)
Two additional ships, USS Underwood and USS Normandy are also headed to help.
The hospital ship USNS Comfort is also preparing to deploy. It’s expected to be on station near Haiti on Jan. 22.
SOUTHCOM is closely monitoring the situation and is working with the U.S. State Department, United States Agency for International Development and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and other national and international agencies to determine how to best respond to this crisis.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Media embed for USS Carl Vinson
Posted On: Jan 14 2010 12:43PM
WHO: Reporters for a media pool. There are 20 seats on a flight today. Reporters will select amongst themselves what media agencies will embark. There are 4 seats for the following media groups: television, newspaper, radio and wire service.
TRANSCRIPT: SOUTHCOM Briefing on Haiti Relief Operations
Posted On: Jan 14 2010 7:05PM
U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND (SOUTHCOM) BRIEFING WITH GENERAL DOUGLAS FRASER, COMMANDER, UNITED STATES SOUTHERN COMMAND; REAR ADMIRAL STEVE BRANHAM, COMMANDER, UNITED STATES COAST GUARD DISTRICT 7
SUBJECT: EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS IN HAITI
LOCATION: MIAMI, FLORIDA
DATE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010
2010-01-15 04:06:59 UTC