|Description:||Photographed by U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Lt. Cmdr. Gary Brunette, this image depicted a U.S. Naval helicopter, which had just landed, and was in the process of dropping off additional personnel during emergency relief efforts in Haiti shortly after the country’s earthquake in January, 2010. The aircraft carrier, USS Bataan, had transported Dr. Brunette, and fellow USPHS corpsmen to Haiti during the Caribbean Operation Unified Response.|
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.