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Haiti Earthquake: Pictures From Royal Navy Helicopter Shows Devastation

The Royal Navy and the US Army have been at the heart of an aid effort in the country.

The British military has been supporting an international aid mission in Haiti following a devastating earthquake and storms in the Caribbean country.

A Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter from support ship RFA Wave Knight has been in the air since Friday, flying over parts of the Tiburon Peninsula - the epicentre of the quake - to locate villages, towns and infrastructure urgently in need of help.

Shocking images showing the destruction gathered by task group photographer Leading Seaman Rory Arnold are being used to direct the support mission, a process he said he finds "humbling".

RFA Wave Knight is the flagship of the Royal Navy's Caribbean task group and was ready to react when the disaster hit Haiti on 14 August.

The tanker has also been as a landing pad for the US Army Black Hawk helicopters being used in the relief effort, refuelling the aircraft, providing rest for crews and carrying out any mechanical repairs.

"Engineer reconnaissance and conducting damage assessment is a core part of the Crisis Response Troop's skillset. It's great to see it being put to such good use," said Captain Jake Lott, the Royal Engineer in charge of the disaster relief team – formed of soldiers, engineers and Royal Marines.