ACIBC Fact Sheet: Humanitarian

Following the 2004 Asian tsunami, a Hospital Corpsman, assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), checks the blood pressure of an Indonesian man at the Sultan Iskandar Muda Air Force Base, Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

Following the 2004 Asian tsunami, a
Hospital Corpsman, assigned to USS
Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), checks the
blood pressure of an Indonesian man
at the Sultan Iskandar Muda Air Force
Base, Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

  • In emergency or relief efforts, aircraft carriers can provide:
    • Enough space to support a crew of 3,200, an air wing of nearly 2,500 personnel and a command staff of more than 100 personnel.
    • A food services department capable of serving 18,000 to 20,000 meals per day.
    • A well-equipped, 50-bed hospital manned by six doctors, including a surgeon.
    • A dental clinic with five dental officers capable of caring for as many as 70 patients per day.
  • The U.S. Navy dispatched an aircraft carrier to assist with relief operations after the Southeast Asian tsunami in December 2004. The carrier's surveillance aircraft conducted survey operations, including search-and-rescue efforts, and cargo planes delivered supplies from Bangkok to affected areas.
  • In January 2010, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrived in Haiti to provide medical services and humanitarian assistance in the immediate aftermath of that country’s devastating earthquake. During the first week of the crisis Vinson was the center of relief operations serving as hospital, delivering tons of food and medical supplies, and converting 400,000 gallons of sea water into drinking water through its giant desalination plant.
  • In March 2011, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) arrived off the coast of Japan to provide food, water, medicine and clothing to those devastated by the tragic 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami.  Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa told the crew of the Reagan, "Your warm help will be cherished and engrained in the hearts and souls of the Japanese people."
  • In November 2013, USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrived outside of the Leyte Gulf by the Philippines to provide humanitarian relief to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. During this Operation Damayan, sailors delivered food, water and medicine to the 11 million people left homeless by the strongest storm to ever hit landfall. Aircraft such as MV-22 Ospreys from George Washington’s carrier strike group proved to be critical in distributing supplies, and providing search and rescue, supply drops and transport to and from isolated areas affected by the devastating typhoon.

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