|Description:||Photographed by U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Lt. Cmdr. Gary Brunette, this image depicted what is known as a “replenishment at sea” (RAS), whereupon, one naval vessel was having its supplies restocked by another. In this case, the aircraft carrier, USS Bataan (foreground), from whose bow this shot was captured, was being replenished by an unknown naval vessel, while on its Caribbean Operation Unified Response mission, providing public health assistance to the people of Haiti after the country’s devastating earthquake.|
The USS Bataan and her crew set out underway early January, 2010, in order to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support to Operation Unified Response in Haiti after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the island nation. Bataan’s Navy/Marine Corps Team established nine landing zones to facilitate aid distribution, ultimately moving more than 1,000 pallets of relief supplies ashore and treating close to 1,000 Haitians both aboard Bataan in the ship’s medical facility, and working side-by-side local and volunteer physicians at clinics throughout Haiti.