Opération Séisme Haiti 2010

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The French military off-loads heavy equipment at the Port international de Port-au-Prince on January 25, 2010.

Opération Séisme Haiti 2010 (Operation Haiti Earthquake 2010) is France's military relief operation for the 12 January 2010 earthquake.[1]

The priorities for the mission are rescue efforts, search for the missing, medical aid, security, retrieving French citizens, organizing humanitarian aid, and delivery.[2]

The operation started on Wednesday 13 January 2010.[3]

Force composition[edit]

Mission timeline[edit]

As of 14 January 2010, Siroco had left for Haiti.[5]

As of 15 January 2010, 240 personnel and 30 tonnes of freight were on the ground, and 239 French nationals had been rescued.[3]

As of 16 January 2010, a field hospital was delivered.[6] As of 19 January 2010, 400 personnel, mostly police and civil rescue units, and 48 tonnes of freight were delivered by the mission. 500 French and European nationals had been evacuated.[2] Francis Garnier left port in Antilles, making for Haiti.[5]

As of 20 January 2010 Francis Garnier had docked at the Port international de Port-au-Prince and started offloading relief supplies.[7]

As of 24 January 2010, Siroco arrived at Port-au-Prince and anchored in the bay, delivering 2000 tonnes of aid. It is equipped with four helicopters, two landing craft, two operating theatres and 50 hospital beds.[8][9]

As of 27 January 2010, Francis Garnier left to return to Fort-de-France.[10]

As of 28 January 2010, about 600 troops are engaged in relief operations. Over 220 tonnes of aid has been delivered.[9]

As of 30 January 2010, over 126 have been medevaced to Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre. Over 38 operations have been performed, by the team of 21 at French military field hospital and aboard Siroco.[11]

Elements of 33e RIMa have set up in Port-au-Prince.[4] The 1er RSMA has been setting up refugee tent camps.[1]

As of 20 February 2010, Siroco has left Haiti, and headed for its home port of Toulon.Siroco ends its mission and heads for home.[12][13]

As of 5 March 2010, Siroco has arrived home in Toulon.[12][13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c (French) Le Cawa, "26/01/10 - Séisme Haïti : le commandant des FAA inspecte le dispositif militaire français en Haïti", Ministry of Defence (France), 26 January 2010 (accessed 31 January 2010)
  2. ^ a b (French) Casa Free, "Actualité Mondiale : Séisme en Haïti : L'armée française évacue plus de 500 personnes vers les Antilles", 20 January 2010 (accessed 31 January 2010)
  3. ^ a b c d e f (French) Le Point, 'Haïti : mise en place d'un "fonds Clinton-Bush pour Haïti"', 16 January 2010 (accessed 31 January 2010)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g (French) TV5, "Opération séisme Haïti : Point de situation", Ministère de la Défense (France), 1 February 2010 (accessed 2 February 2010)
  5. ^ a b c d (French) Mer et Marine, "Haïti : La France envoie le Francis Garnier et le Siroco", 18 January 2010 (accessed 2 February 2010)
  6. ^ (French) Obs, "Un hôpital de campagne de la Sécurité civile devrait être bientôt opérationnel en Haïti", AP, 17 January 2010 (accessed 2 February 2010)
  7. ^ Strait Times, "Haiti's main port reopening", AFP, 21 January 2010 (accessed 31 January 2010)
  8. ^ Defense News, "French Warship Arrives Off Haiti With Aid", Agence France-Press, 24 January 2010 (accessed 31 January 2010)
  9. ^ a b (French) Mer et Marine, "Haiti : Une miraculée soignée sur le TCD Siroco", 29 January 2010 (accessed 2 February 2010)
  10. ^ TV5 Monde, "Opération séisme Haïti : Point de situation", Ministère de la Défense, 1 February 2010
  11. ^ (French) Le Cawa, "Opération séisme Haïti 2010", 30 January 2010 (accessed 31 January 2010)
  12. ^ a b (French) Portail des sous-marins, "Retour du TCD Siroco à Toulon en provenance d’Haiti", Marine Nationale (CECMED), 4 March 2010 (accessed 12 March 2010)
  13. ^ a b (French) CAWA, "Haiti : retour sur l'aide du Siroco", Ministère de la Défense, 7 March 2010 (accessed 12 March 2010)