ENC Marines Use Osprey In Haiti In Ground-Breaking Mission

Marines Eastern Carolina are using MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to help in Haiti, the first time the Osprey is being used in a humanitarian air or disaster relief mission.

The Ospreys are from to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune and New River in Jacksonville and took off from the USS Nassau Sunday morning.

(Click the photo tab to see the Osprey as well as the 24th MEU helping medivac Haitian victims.)

The aircraft, which can take off like a plane or a helicopter, are conducting aerial surveys of population centers and roadways in northern Haiti.

According to officials, the intent of the Osprey mission is to help gain awareness of the current situation on the ground in some of the outlying towns and areas that have not had a U.S. military presence.

The 24th MEU is also helping with medical evacuations on helicopters.

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  • by NEWPORT Location: NEWPORT on Jan 24, 2010 at 12:52 PM
    THANK YOU TO ALL OUR WONDERFUL MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR ARMED FORCES WILLING TO RISK THIER LIVES EVERYDAY but the facts still have yet to be looked at from a logical point of view like how Hollywood and Washington can raise over 200 million dollars to help Haiti, when there are the same conditions in some urban ghettos in the US, we have so many Americans without healthcare, proper housing, proper education and proper nutrition, yet we seem to find the urgent need to assure Haiti that they will be provided these basic human needs for free....I know there is alot of devestation there and alot of deaths Americans included but the conditions there were not much better before the earthquake. We neen to help America...if hollywood can willingly donate this money then the government should make them match the amounts to a us health care bill so then it wont cost Americans thier basic needs to have health insurance

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