The Kearsarge departed Haiti, September 26, 2008, after completing a 19-day disaster relief mission to the storm ravaged Caribbean nation. 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). 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.
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