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Navy set to go ashore in Haiti today

Canada’s two naval ships are scheduled to be docked off Haiti today ascrew members begin to help in the humanitarian effort of a countrystill reeling from last week’s devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

Canada’s two naval ships are scheduled to be docked off Haiti today as crew members begin to help in the humanitarian effort of a country still reeling from last week’s devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

HMCS Halifax and HMCS Athabaskan pulled away from the Halifax dockyards Thursday afternoon and slowly closed in on the disaster-stricken country yesterday.

According to the CBC, 60-person teams will go ashore from inflatable boats while both ships remain at sea. The CBC reports the sailors will be protected by a naval boarding party carrying 9-mm handguns in response to a large amount of lawlessness taking place.

Brig.-Gen. Guy Laroche, who is commanding the Canadian military contingent, told the CBC HMCS Athabaskan is docking near Port-au-Prince while HMCS Halifax is going to Jacmel, a town cut off from the rest of the country since the earthquake.

The soldiers will aid in search-and-rescue efforts and distribute clothes, purified water, food, tents, blankets, and medical supplies.

Mission

The 500 crew members aboard the two ships are expected to be in Haiti for more than a month.