RELEASE: Update on Joint Task Force-Matthew Relief Mission in Haiti, October 19, 2016
Release No: 16-018
Oct. 19, 2016
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•As of Oct. 19, Joint Task Force-Matthew helicopters have delivered more than 601,000 pounds (272 metric tons) of relief commodities (aid and supplies) to areas devastated by Hurricane Matthew.
•More than 2,000 personnel and 11 helicopters aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) continue to support USAID-led relief operations in Haiti.
•Iwo Jima is operating in Haitian waters between Port-au-Prince and areas affected by Hurricane Matthew in southwestern Haiti. Iwo Jima is one of the largest amphibious ships in the world and provides greater capabilities and flexibility to the task force.
•Joint Task Force-Matthew personnel on the ground continue to redeploy. More than 100 remain in Haiti and will depart in the coming days.
U.S. Southern Command
Mr. Jose Ruiz