The mission included robust helicopter and sealift support to U.S. relief efforts led by the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID), Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).
During its support to USAID-led relief efforts in Haiti, Marine and Navy helicopters embarked aboard Kearsarge flew more than 100 sorties and the landing craft transported more than 30 loads of supplies. These operations led to the timely delivery of more than 3.3 million lbs. of food, water, and other relief supplies to Haitian communities devastated in recent weeks by several tropical storms and Hurricane Ike.
A team of medical personnel conducted health assessments at 16 villages thorughout the affected area and provided basic medical care to more than 1,000 Haitian citizens. Doctors from the ship performed health examinations, looking for diseases inherent to natural disasters, and conducted preventive services, such as environmental assessments.