USS Normandy Arrives off Coast of Port-Au-Prince


Story Number: NNS100117-07Release Date: 1/17/2010 1:33:00 PM
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From U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

USS NORMANDY, At Sea (NNS) -- The cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 17 to support Operation Unified Response, the joint U.S. military relief effort for earthquake victims.

Normandy, homeported in Norfolk, Va., will support relief efforts by providing air surveillance for the heavy air traffic in the area. The ship will also act as a ready deck, or an at sea platform able to accept helicopters on deck and provide refueling services.

Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 46, from Mayport, Fla., has two SH-60B helicopters on board Normandy and will also contribute to the relief efforts with additional airlift support.

As the Navy component command of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Naval Forces Southern Command's mission is to direct U.S. Naval forces operating in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions and interact with partner nations navies within the maritime environment. Routine operations include counter-illicit trafficking, theater security cooperation, military-to-military interaction and bilateral and multinational training.

SOUTHCOM is well-versed in providing humanitarian assistance to the region. Since 2005, the command has led U.S. military support to 14 major relief missions, including assistance to Haiti in September 2008. During that mission, U.S. military forces airlifted 3.3 million pounds of aid to communities that were devastated by a succession of major storms.

For more information, please contact NAVSO/C4F Public Affairs at (904) 468-6870l comusnavso-c4f_mypt_pao@navy.mil. Additional information is available at our command website, www.public.navy.mil/comusnavso-c4f.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusns/.

STORY COMMENTS3 COMMENTS
1/20/2010 12:27:00 PM
I am also a Navy mother in law that is very proud of our sailor and all sailors that are on this mission of humanity. He is on one of the helicopters from Mayport, FL. Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone. Love you Will:)

1/19/2010 7:46:00 PM
My son in law is on that ship - I am so proud of him and all our military

1/18/2010 7:32:00 PM
Myself and so many others are so proud of the efforts made my the Navy to assist with helping with the Haiti relief. We are so proud of your hard work! Are any of the sailors able to help physically on the actual land of Haiti with the people in need? You have our full support and we are fans on facebook and twitter for the US NAVY and USS Normandy! We LOVE our sailors!! May God be with you and all those who are helping!!! :-)

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The guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) prepares to get underway for possible disaster response to Haiti.
100113-N-9900B-026 NORFOLK (Jan. 13, 2009) The guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) prepares to get underway for possible disaster response to Haiti. Normandy and several other Navy vessels are underway to render humanitarian assistance after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Remus Borisov/Released)
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