Operación Hispaniola

Operación Hispaniola[1] (Operation Hispaniola[2]) is Spain's military relief operation for Haiti, following the 12 January 2010 earthquake. The mission was expected to last until at least 4 May 2010.[3]

The headquarters for the mission is the SPS Castilla.[2] Their encampment at Petit-Goâve was named "Camp Gloria".[4]

Force composition

  • SPS Castilla (L52), an amphibious assault ship[1]
    • Castilla's complement:
      • 4 helicopters[5]
      • Fast boats[6]
    • Transported on Castilla:
  • 37 members of the Unidad Militar de Emergencias[10]

Mission timeline

On 17 January 2010, the Unidad de Emergencias Militares (UME) arrived to help. It was the first deployment of the UME outside of Spanish territory.[11]

On 19 January 2010, it was announced that Casitlla would transport a field hospital, 50 medical officers, 450 troops.[7] Also on board are three helicopters,[5] and several fast boats.[6]

On 21 January 2010, the mission for the 37 members of the Unidad de Emergencias Militares (UME) ended.[12]

Castilla left Rota (Cadiz) on 22 January 2010, carrying 23 members of the Guardia Civil, 423 troops, and 4 helicopters, headed for Petit-Goâve, Haiti.[1][8]

On 29 January 2010, the first six troopers of the expanded mission arrived in Port-au-Prince.[13]

On 1 February 2010, Castilla arrives at San Juan in Puerto Rico to pick up additional supplies.[9][14]

On 4 February 2010, Castilla arrives at Petit-Goâve.[9] 350 people were treated, and 2 surgeries performed at the onboard sickbay.[15]

As of 5 February 2010, landing craft from the ship have started disgorging equipment. Spanish military sappers have started to clear the road to Port-au-Prince, which had been covered by landslides.[16]

Castilla is expected to remain on-station at Petit-Goâve for three months.[17]

As of 7 February 2010, the Spanish medical team has been using the hospital in Petit-Goâve, Notre Dame de Petit-Goâve.[18]

On 9 February 2010, 10 kilolitres of water were distributed. The water purification plants have been producing 12 kL of water per day.[19]

As of 11 February 2010, 155 patients have been treated, 144 tonnes of aid have been delivered.[10]

As of 15 March 2010, the Spanish frigate Álvaro de Bazán, delivers supplies and fresh personnel.[20]


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