|Description:||Photographed by U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Lt. Cmdr. Gary Brunette (foreground), this image depicted fellow USPHS Officer Lt. Cmdr. LeCoultre, as they were being transported by way of helicopter from the aircraft carrier, USS Bataan, to the mainland of Haiti, in order to inspect ongoing emergency relief efforts after the country had been struck a the massive 2010 earthquake. The Bataan had transported Dr. Brunette, and fellow USPHS corpsmen to Haiti during the Caribbean Operation Unified Response, assisting the country of Haiti with much needed public health-related services.|
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.