Once the helicopters had cycled through hundreds of missions off USS Arlington’s flight deck with food and medicine, the Norfolk-based ship tapped its other major capability — the landing craft in its well deck — to bring relief to the hardest-to-reach corner of earthquake-ravaged
Reaching the town of Jeremie in the most remote part of the earthquake zone cleared the way for aid agencies and governments to start the long task of helping
“On a lot of missions, you know, you can say we made a difference for national security but when you’re handing out boxes of food to people in need, that’s something amazing,” he said.
Operating as what the
“We can go right into action, we don’t have to stop to set up cots and tents,” Kellum said.
The first part of the Arlington’s assignment in
“We could see the collapsed homes, the collapsed buildings,” Kellum said.
The 7.2-magnitude earthquake
Arlington’s sailors and
They dispatched so many flights that they dubbed themselves “Arlington International” airport.
As the crisis around the city of Les Cayes and surrounding countryside eased, the Haitian and
That’s where the landing craft on the Arlington’s well deck came in. The ship steamed to
There, the landing craft emerged from the Arlington’s well deck and powered onto a beach. Fifty sailors and 50 marines from the Arlington came along to unload the life-saving aid.
“I talked to many of them.” Kellum said. “They were all just humbled.”
The Arlington headed for
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