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Press Release | Oct. 11, 2016

RELEASE: Update on Joint Task Force-Matthew Relief Mission in Haiti, October 11, 2016

U.S. Southern Command

The following is the October 11 update on Joint Task Force-Matthew support to relief efforts in Haiti:

•As of Oct. 11, Joint Task Force-Matthew helicopters have delivered more than 186,000 pounds of relief commodities (aid and supplies) to areas devastated by Hurricane Matthew.

•The task force helicopters continue to distribute the 480 metric tons donated by USAID as part of ongoing U.S. disaster assistance to Haiti.

•More than 400 task force personnel and 12 helicopters are on the ground in Haiti.

•The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), with more than 500 Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, aircraft and 225 pallets of supplies, is expected to arrive off Haiti tomorrow.  The ship will take on Mesa Verde crews and equipment supporting relief efforts before it begins operations.  Once Iwo Jima begins operations, Mesa Verde will depart to support other operational commitments.