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.
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