What a beautiful day today was in Haiti! The morning started out warm with beautiful blue skys! We sent our first boats ashore today at 5:45am, but for those who remained onboard, we celebrated Easter with a sunrise worship service on our flight deck. Normally, that wouldn't have been possible, because the helicopters start flight operations about 5:30am and no one is allowed on the flight deck once flight quarters is set.
But last night, the Air Detachment announced that they were going to be doing some maintenance on their birds today and that there wouldn't be any flight ops. So we quickly decided to hold a service on the flight deck instead of up on the bow where we would have battled the noise from large air intakes for the ship. It was a beautiful service!
I am including a few pictures of our shore operations from Saturday. I was planning on going ashore today, but that needed to be rescheduled for Tuesday, so these aren't pictures I took.
I've got to run if I'm going to get any dinner tonight! Happy Easter to you all!