Haiti. USS Bataan sailors rebuild, bring relief to Grande Goave

Friday, 29 January 2010


Two weeks following the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, rubble and debris still line the streets of Grand Goave, and Sailors aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) are out in full force providing relief to the community in need.

When Bataan arrived on station, a team went ashore to meet with local non-governmental organizations and Grand Goave leaders to collaborate on a prioritized plan to bring as much relief to the area as quickly as possible.

The project referred to as "SAM" or Sailors Ashore Mission, provided Bataan Sailors looking to make a difference an opportunity to volunteer their time working toward the relief and rebuilding goals of the community.

They've been on the ground daily, clearing roadways, passing out prepackaged meals and helping out at the Lifeling Christian Ministries Mission and their medical clinic.

They've been on the ground daily, clearing roadways, passing out prepackaged meals and helping out at the Lifeling Christian Ministries Mission and their medical clinic.

"There were several teams who were stationed around the village. My team worked on moving rubble from a collapsed wall and preparing the area for reconstruction," said Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class (AW/SW) Donnell Lattimore. "You can really see visual progress at all the locations we are working at."

The opportunity to interact with local Haitians was the main reason Lattimore got involved with the volunteer projects.

"It is a great experience being on the ground, being able to talk with the villagers," said Lattimore. "The Sailors and the villagers get to see the direct results from our efforts here in Grand Goave."

Every working area had a group of locals watching on.

"It isn't how I thought it would be, but having the Haitians watch on as we worked around the village made me feel that we were showing them that there is hope," said Aviation Ordanceman 1st Class (SW) James Perkins.

The projects will continue to evolve as Bataan serves on station near Haiti, with Sailors continuing to line-up to volunteer their days to help those in need.

Bataan along with amphibious dock landing ships USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) are supporting Operation Unified Response to provide relief for the victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake.

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Steinhour, USS Bataan Public Affairs

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 January 2010 )