A year ago this week, a 7.0 earthquake struck the nation of Haiti, killing 230,000 people, injuring 300,000 more, and leaving more than a million homeless. American and other mariners rushed in with relief. According to US transportation secretary Ray LaHood
It is another example of why our country’s merchant marine is so important. Sending these ships will help those on the front line of this effort save as many lives in Haiti as possible. These ships will add crucial capabilities by supporting operations to move large volumes of people and cargo.