USS CARTER HALL, At Sea (NNS) -- The deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command led naval officers on a tour of USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) Feb. 17, while the ship continues humanitarian and disaster relief evolutions in support of Operation Unified Response.
Vice Adm. Peter H. Daly led Commander, Task Force (CTF) 41 Rear Adm. David M. Thomas and Director Joint Operations Division U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Rear Adm. Dennis E. Fitzpatrick, director, on a tour of the Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship.
They toured the ship with Carter Hall Commanding Officer Cmdr. George Doyon and observed amphibious operations in the ship's well deck. They also met Sailors and Marines, commending them for their performance providing humanitarian relief to the earthquake ravaged country of Haiti.
Since arriving in Haiti one month ago, Carter Hall has delivered more than 1,100 pallets of water and food rations as well as 5,000 cots and 338 tents in support of Operation Unified Response. Additionally, more than 150 Sailors have supported medical and relief missions ashore.
Daly expressed his gratitude to the crew, reflecting on conditions in Haiti immediately following the earthquake, and praising Carter Hall Sailors and Marines for their dedication.
"When this disaster happened, the world looked for someone to turn to," Daly said. "And it was you, the dedicated Sailors and Marines, the Carter Hall team, who answered the call."
Carter Hall Sailors said the visit was inspiring.
"It was a great honor," Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class (SW) Virginia Moratalla said. "When our leadership takes time to tell us how much they appreciate our hard work, it lets us know what we do is being recognized and keeps us going strong."
"We have been firing strong on all cylinders," said Doyon. "We have to stay to course and continue to be that beacon of hope for the Haitian people. Our leaders and our country will receive nothing less from us."
Carter Hall is part of the Bataan Amphibious Relief Mission. Multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) is on station in Haiti with the amphibious dock landing ships USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) and Carter Hall supporting Operation Unified Response, a joint humanitarian assistance mission to Haiti following the 7.0 magnitude that devastated the Caribbean nation.
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