NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The USS Mesa Verde returned home Thursday morning after providing relief efforts to Haiti. Hurricane Matthew devastated the island, killing hundreds and leaving many people homeless.
Sailors tell 13NewsNow they feel blessed to have been able to help out. "It was amazing, not a lot of people in the Navy get the opportunity to do humanitarian work," said Meghan Lerch, sailor.
Recent estimates show there are 1.4 million people in need of food assistance in Haiti.
For about five days, Sailors and Marines aboard the ship worked tirelessly to provide aid. Lieutenant Krystle Schreick is the ships navigator. She said helicopters flew into Port-au-Prince during the morning and picked up the load.
"Whether it was food, other supplies, such as blankets, any hygiene kits, etc., fresh water, water bags for that fresh water, because that was a huge concern," said Schreick.
Along with the ship, were three embarked CH-53E Super Stallions, one landing craft and 300 Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
"We should all be very proud of what we were able to accomplish on behalf of the American people," added Sailor Devin Bacon.