I wanted to provide an update on our current relief efforts in Haiti. From the first news report, we sent all available ships, aircraft, and Sailors to help the people of Haiti. We have set up a webpage dedicated to the Haiti relief effort and will continue to add more information over the coming days. You can get to it by clicking here.
I could not be more proud of our Sailors who acted on the first report, leaned forward, and were able to get their ships underway quickly to be a part of our Nation’s relief efforts. Many of our Sailors deployed on a moment’s notice without a known end date. I am also very mindful of the burden we’ve placed on their families and appreciate their sacrifices as we act to provide this disaster relief.
We’ve done this before - humanitarian assistance / disaster relief is one of our core capabilities. We prepare for this, we practice for this, we're ready for this, and we are moving out. But that doesn’t mean that there are no more good ideas. I ask that you give thought to the situation and post your ideas on how we can better support our Sailors, their families, and the people of Haiti. It’s going to take a very long time for Haiti to recover from this disaster. Navy is already looking at long-term solutions to ensure we are able to sustain our efforts until they are no longer required. All the best, JCHjr