USS CARL VINSON, At sea (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) received seven injured Haitian civilians at approximately 7:30 p.m. EST Jan. 16 when a U.S. Coast Guard MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter on a medical evacuation mission was forced to divert due to weather.
The helicopter was taking the earthquake victims from Port-Au-Prince to a hospital near Cape Haitien on the island's northern coast. The ship's medical personnel are currently treating the seven Haitians, including a two-hour old infant.
The aircraft carrier, which arrived on scene within 72 hours of tasking, is supporting the unified U.S. military response to the disaster by providing its 19 helicopters to airlift humanitarian supplies to the Haitian people.
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