U.S. Southern Command Photo Gallery
USS Mesa Verde, at sea providing support for Haiti
USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19), at sea-- USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) sails through the Caribbean while conducting air operations in support of Joint Task Force Matthew. Elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked on the ship, surveyed potential beach landing sites and airfields for upcoming disaster and humanitarian relief assistance to the Republic of Haiti following Hurricane Matthew, a Category IV storm that passed through the area causing flooding, destroying vital infrastructure within the country and displacing Haitian local nationals. The air operations were conducted by CH-53 Super Stallions from VMM-365, giving the 24th MEU heavy lifting and transport capabilities to assist with the MEU’s many missions. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Durham, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit)