Marines Loading Navy Ships Bound For Haiti

Marines from Camp Lejeune will begin deploying to Haiti on Friday in support of relief efforts for the earthquake victims.

Members of the 22nd MEU will begin embarking on Navy ships at the state port in Morehead City. Marines say they will take with them a variety of equipment to assist in disaster relief including trucks, earth moving equipment and water purification systems.

The Marines will be loading the gear onto the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan, amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry and amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall.

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It is now confirmed that more than 2,000 Marines from Camp Lejeune will soon head to Haiti to help in disaster relief.

The base said members of the 22nd MEU will embark on the amphibious ships USS Bataan, Fort McHenry and Carter Hall. The MEU will consist of Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment; Combat Logistics Battalion 22; Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461; and its Command Element.

“Our Marines and sailors are trained and ready to make a difference,” said Col. Gareth Brandl, commanding officer of the 22nd MEU. “We will deploy with our Navy team of the Amphibious Ready Group to support the Haitian government’s efforts with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.”

Camp Lejeune Marines are no strangers to Haiti. They provided humanitarian aid in 2008 after storms killed hundreds of people, and were there in 1994 and 2004 providing stability and support operations.

The 22nd MEU recently returned from a seven-month deployment to U.S. European and Central Commands.

The Marine Corps did not say when the unit would depart.

The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune is deploying to Haiti in the aftermath of the disastrous earthquake.

The Navy said in a press release Wednesday night the USS Bataan embarked with Marines from the 22nd MEU.

The 22nd MEU returned home from a seven-month deployment in December.

Elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed to Haiti in 2008 and in 1994.

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The Pentagon says Marines from Camp Lejeune are preparing to head to help out in Haiti, but says there are no specific orders yet.

The Washington Post reports that ground units from Camp Lejeune Marines and an Army brigade from Fort Bragg are either preparing to depart, or are on alert to deploy to aid with disaster relief.

The newspaper says some 2,200 Marines, likely from Camp Lejeune, will embark on an amphibious ship and could arrive in Haiti in about four days.

A spokesman for Camp Lejeune's II MEF says so far no units have received deployment orders.

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  • by Army Mom Location: NC on Jan 15, 2010 at 04:21 PM
    My dear simple minded, confused Data Man, You are obviously not very educated, and very much misinformed. Mr. Obama is a very rich man!!!! He paid more in taxes last year than Bush even made! obama is no ordinary man. In fact he is not a "man" at all, he is an obamanation!!! A very evil and sick obamanation! What has happened in Haiti is awfull and very heart breaking. Please support our troops!!! Keep them safe and strong!!
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jan 15, 2010 at 11:09 AM
    okthen - how did bush get rich? Anyways, going back to the real article here, good luck boys and girls going to Haiti, safe travels.
  • by ME Location: GREENVILLE on Jan 15, 2010 at 09:58 AM
  • by Eqondra Location: Jamesville on Jan 15, 2010 at 08:57 AM
    What a bad thing that happen. The people that was in that earthquake and lost their homes should be sent to america to be put in a shelter and to be provided with food.
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    Toj DataMan...Bush had 9/11. I would not call Obama and Clinton average people. How did they get rich? Think about it.
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    To Obama Snake Oil, I am so tired of you taking shots at Obama every chance you get! Look how Obama has lead the help with Hati. He and Clinton has taken the lead and is showing bush how to help people in need. Obama and Clinton is leading the way and teaching bush as well. I know that our first lady is making sure that bush's wife is taking notes as well. Bush was never helpless in the situation. He was busy trying to get rich! I am glad we have an average person leading our country. Someone who has stuggled like so many Americans. Obama and Clinton are everyday people. They can walk down the street of the hardest neigborhoods and feel welcome. Bush cant do that. We have a gret leader now. Lets support him. bush made his mistakes. He made many of them. But we as Americans choose Obama to help get our great country back in order. What better person to have than someone who's ancestors built this great country through blood and sweat. God bless the new leader.
  • by Bleh on Jan 15, 2010 at 05:30 AM
    Dang!. My old squadron is going to Haiti. I really want to go but where I am stationed at now will not let me!...Good luck guys!
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    Hard Core Rep, mass murder is very close to terrorist in the final result, however, terrorist is generally a muslium radical from the middle east and is part of a declared war against the US. Jihad. He is not a citizen of the US, he is a captive if he gets caught and an enemy combatant. He doesn't have any rights to our courts. If this guy would have been successful, there would be almost 300 bodies as a result.
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    OSOC, where do you draw the line between: Mass murderer and Terrorist? Does the President have to speak to the Nation if your average Joe goes into a shopping mall, shoots and kills 100 people? No. What makes this case (The Nigerian Man) a case of terrorism VERSUS act of mass murderering? I'm not arguing with you. I am just wondering. I supported Bush, and will always support his decisions.
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