OPERATION UNIFIED RESPONSE
On January 12, 2010, the nation of Haiti was rocked by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. As part of the United State's response to the disaster, the RAWHIDES deployed six aircraft and a small maintenance team within 48 hours of the disaster to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The three detachments immediately set up a logistics pipeline into Haiti. While the large aircraft circled the damaged Port-au-Prince International Airport endlessly, the C-2A’s would slide in, fold their wings, off-load and return to Cuba for another load. Over a short three week period the six small aircraft of VRC-40 transported over 1 million pounds of life saving humanitarian supplies, 809 passengers in and out of country in 379 flights. Their aircrews put in 12 plus hour days and most made a minimum of five trips per day into Haiti. By bringing their own maintenance support personnel, the RAWHIDES were an autonomous unit that did not require assistance from the already thinly stretched local support activities and commands. The VRC-40 Rawhides’ determined effort on this vital lifesaving mission truly embodies the ideal of the United States Navy as a “Global Force for Good”.
The mission in Haiti would not have been possible without the widespread cooperation and support of both VRC-30 and VAW-120. VRC-30 sent two additional aircraft to Jacksonville, Florida to support both Haiti and the USS Carl Vinson. VAW-120 also sent three C-2s to Jacksonville in logistical support of USS Harry Truman. This Herculean effort to support the people of Haiti was also conducted concurrently with the everyday responsibilities held by the C-2 fleet. Both VRC-40 and VRC-30 were also deployed in support of the USS Eisenhower and the USS Nimitz, respectively. This demonstrated the great adaptability of the VRC community to rise to a great challenge while not missing a beat with their day-to-day operations.
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