Monday, February 1, 2010
The aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson has left Haiti and resumed its scheduled journey toward San Diego. The Vinson will be the third nuclear powered aircraft carrier to be home-ported in San Diego Bay.
The Vinson has left behind ten of the helicopters that were ferrying supplies from the ship to earthquake victims in Haiti. The crew has handed over relief duties to other Navy responders.
Captain Bruce Lindsay says two-thirds of his crew had never been to sea before. He says they saw plenty of action while they were diverted to Haiti.
“We flew 2,226 helicopter sorties, made 1,783 food drops, including 89,000 gallons of water and almost 40,000 pounds of medical supplies. We also did 476 medi-vacs, says Lindsay.
Lindsay says most days the ship operated three to five miles off the coast of Haiti and sent hundreds of crew members ashore to help deliver food, water and medical supplies.
He says the ship is now sailing toward Florida, where it will drop off some helicopters, pick up its contingent of fixed wing aircraft, and set off for San Diego via the Cape of Good Hope.
The schedule arrival date has not changed -- it is still April.