Locally based strike group surveys Hurricane Matthew damage in Haiti

161009-N-WZ792-140 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 9, 2016) A CH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter departs the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) to conduct a site survey over Haiti. Mesa Verde is underway in preparation to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in response to Hurricane Matthew. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ridge Leoni/Released)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (WAVY/AP) — A locally based strike group flew over Haiti Oct. 9 to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, according to Navy officials.

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 was in Haiti, along with the locally based ship USS Mesa Verde, to provide humanitarian assistance to the region.

The USS George Washington and USNS Comfort also deployed last week from Naval Station Norfolk in order to be ready to provide hurricane relief.

USS Iwo Jima deploys to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

The powerful hurricane hit Haiti last week, and has been blamed for hundreds of deaths in the Caribbean.

The U.S  Navy says Rear Adm. Roy I. Kitchener, commander of the strike group, met with U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Peter F. Mulrean, who is helping to coordinate relief efforts.

“ESG-2, Mesa Verde and the 24th MEU are part of a larger U.S. response to the government of Haiti’s request for humanitarian assistance,” said Kitchener in a Monday news release from the U.S. Navy.

He added, “We are committed to working closely with our international partners to provide Haitians with the support they need.”