|Description:||Photographed by U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Lt. Cmdr. Gary Brunette, this image depicted a view from a U.S. Naval helicopter, which was in the process of transporting Cmdr. Brunette to a location on the mainland of Haiti during emergency relief efforts in that country shortly after its 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.