USS Ashland Loads Supplies for Haiti Relief Effort


Story Number: NNS100203-11Release Date: 2/3/2010 2:55:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Leona Mynes, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public Affairs

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) moored at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Feb. 1-2 to on load food, water and supplies for the Haiti relief effort.

Ashland took on more than 200 pallets of supplies, including more than 35 cases of bottled water, approximately 10,000 meals-ready-to-eat (MREs), baby food, baby diapers, mail for service members in Haiti and essential maintenance parts for U.S. ships providing the relief efforts in the area.

"Whatever is needed in the area of responsibility, we're gonna take it to them," said Lt. David Noriega, Ashland's supply officer.

Ashland was on a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility when given orders to provide relief efforts in the Caribbean.

"When we got the task to do this, we felt it is the right thing to do," said Noriega.

Ashland supported humanitarian operations by providing its flight deck to U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft.

"This ship has two flight decks that can support helos," said Noriega. "We're just supporting whatever they need."

For more news about relief efforts in Haiti, visit http://www.navy.mil/haiti/index.html.

For more news from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, visit www.navy.mil/local/guantanamo/.

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Seabees assigned to Navy Cargo Battalions (NCHB) 1 and 13, use a Millennia Military Vehicle (MMV) to load pallets of humanitarian supplies onto the amphibious dock-landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
100202-N-7918H-102 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Feb. 2, 2010) Seabees assigned to Navy Cargo Battalions (NCHB) 1 and 13, use a Millennia Military Vehicle (MMV) to load pallets of humanitarian supplies onto the amphibious dock-landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Guantanamo Bay is a logistical hub providing support for Operation Unified Response, a humanitarian assistance mission following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist John K. Hamilton/Released)
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