CARRIBBEAN SEA (NNS) -- The Continuing Promise 2010 - Partnership of the Americas mission, on board USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) was released from Hurricane Tomas relief efforts Nov. 9 by U.S. Southern Command after consultation with U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
"After reviewing post-storm requirements with the Haitian government and the U.N., I told Southern Command Commanding General Fraser that Iwo Jima'S helicopter support would no longer be required to respond to the damage caused by Hurricane Tomas," said U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Kenneth Merten. "I want to thank the ship's crew and Commodore Tom Negus, as well as the entire military team, for their hard work, which was critical to ensuring a focused response. Their efforts are part of the U.S. government's on-going engagement and support for the government and people of Haiti."
Following the storm's passing Nov. 6, Iwo Jima's helicopters immediately began damage assessment flights in support of the Haitian government-led, international effort in response to the hurricane.
CP10 supported the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) disaster assistance response team at the U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince and coordinated its efforts with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
"This rapid response is demonstrative of the Continuing Promise 2010 mission," said Mission Commander Commodore Thomas Negus. "Throughout this mission, we've talked about our ability to provide not only humanitarian civic assistance, but also our readiness to provide disaster relief. Thankfully, we were on station and ready, and now our actions mirror our words."
The CP10 mission, comprised of U.S. military personnel, partner nation forces, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were in the Caribbean conducting a four-month, humanitarian civic assistance deployment to eight nations.
Previously, the Iwo Jima operated off the Haitian coast near Port-de-Paix from July 24 through Aug. 2. During this time, personnel provided medical care to more than 4,000 individuals; dental treatment to more than 1,700 Haitians; and veterinary services for more than 400 animals, at medical sites in Port-de-Paix and St. Louis du Nord.
Additionally, engineering projects were conducted at the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission and L'Hopital de l'Immaculee Conception.
"The 'Blue-Green' team on board USS Iwo Jima performed every facet of the Tomas response superbly and is a prime example of the responsibilities and agility of our amphibious forces," said Rear Adm. Vic Guillory, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet.
As the Navy component command of U.S. Southern Command, COMUSNAVSO's mission is to direct U.S. naval forces operating in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions and interact with partner nation navies within the maritime environment. Operations include counter-illicit trafficking, theater security cooperation, military-to-military interaction and bilateral and multinational training.
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