US Military Ramping Up for Rescue Mission to Haiti

By: AP Staff
By: AP Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. military conducting a major response to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

The first waves of support are in place, with two search-and-rescue teams on the ground, Coast Guard cutters in port, the U.S. Southern Command in control of the airport and airlifts under way.

More than 100 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division have arrived. They'll be followed by 800 more Friday. About 2,200 Marines also have been deployed.

But with a huge amount of U.S. help still on the way, the military is struggling to figure out how to manage with a badly damaged sea port and severely congested airport.

By Monday, as many as 5,500 U.S. infantry soldiers and Marines are scheduled to arrive.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is expected in Haiti Friday, followed by other Navy ships. The hospital ship USNS Comfort is to arrive a week later.

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