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Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief
"From the moment we got the word, our Navy has been leaning forward. Our Sailors and civilians have thrown themselves into this relief effort with a commitment that is just so much a part of who we are. " (January 20 2010)
"Every United States ship that is painted gray better be learning about Haiti. We're looking at what are the capabilities required, what do we need, and if you can deliver on them, standby to go." (January 16 2010)
"Right now, what we are doing is responding to the most urgent needs that are there...We are looking at ways that we can provide immediate relief, provide the medical capability that is required, provide the mobility that we can provide with our helicopters and also get some of the basic services back on line again. " (January 16 2010)
"We clearly have a significant medical contribution into the fight and our doctors and our hospitals are forward and are taking great care of people. (July 21 2009)" ()
"We believe it’s just as important to prevent a war than win a war. (July 21 2009)" ()
"Since the first proactive hospital ship deployment in 2006, 409,000 patients have been treated from Navy ships operating with other services, other countries and nongovernmental organizations. That has an impact. " (June 16, 2009)
"We believe that preventing wars is just as important as winning a war and prevention is done clearly through our ability to demonstrate strength, to influence, assure and deter, but it's also done through engagement, meaningful engagement and humanitarian action. It is also based on global maritime partnerships working together for common interests especially in the area of maritime security. " (June 16, 2009)
"We are now working with our partners and allies to address the roots of conflict – from economic instability, to illegal trafficking, to refugee movements, to environmental disasters, and endemic diseases. " ()
"We realize that prevention of conflict and the maintenance of peace go beyond traditional strength. We must be able to operate across a range of environments and circumstances, which is why in our Maritime Strategy we expanded our capabilities to include Maritime Security and Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response." ()
"I believe we have led the other services with proactive humanitarian assistance. We’ll always come to the aid of someone else, but what we’ve now done is we’ve begun to go out and be proactive. We realize that prevention of conflict and the maintenance of peace go beyond traditional strength. We must be able to operate across a range of environments and circumstances, which is why in our Maritime Strategy we expanded our capabilities to include Maritime Security and Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response. We are now working with our partners and allies to address the roots of conflict – from economic instability, to illegal trafficking, to refugee movements, to environmental disasters, and endemic diseases. " ()
"In the case of disaster relief, we as a Navy, as a nation, have been doing disaster relief, disaster response, for a centuries now. It is part of who we are as those who go to sea. It’s the tradition of the sea; it is part of our culture. It is part of who we are that when there is a need, we instinctively, and it’s not just the U.S. Navy; it’s anyone who wears a naval cloth, we instinctively go to assistance. " (07 January 2008 )
"Navy firefighting aircraft, helicopters, trucks and crews are working closely with civil authorities to bring relief to those affected by California’s wild fires. It gives me great pride knowing that many Sailors, civilians and family members are answering the call and volunteering in support of friends and neighbors in the community. " (24 October 2007)
"We extend our condolences to the people of Bangladesh. The Navy and Marine Corps Team have a long history of providing humanitarian assistance following natural disasters. Our ability to be on station within 24 hours of receiving the Government of Bangladesh’s request for assistance demonstrates our forces’ flexibility in accomplishing the multiple missions of our Maritime Strategy. " (28 November 2007)
"The disaster we are dealing with is almost unimaginable. The folks we have on the ground there are doing just incredible work in amazingly tough circumstances." (January 20, 2010)
"We’ve been responding to disasters from the beginning of our time and it’s kind of the rule of the sea; if someone is in trouble, you help and then you figure it out, and you sort out the differences later. " (October 21, 2009)

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