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February 14, 1996

Navy Ends Support of Cuban, Haitian Migrants

JAMA. 1996;275(6):424. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530300008005

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THE LAST of 45000 Cuban and Haitian migrants housed at the US Navy base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (JAMA. 1995; 274:447-448), flew to their new homes in the United States early this month.

Thus, the US Navy's "Operation Sea Signal," which supported the thousands of Cubans and Haitians who were intercepted while attempting to reach the United States by boat in 1994, is drawing to a close. The Guantanamo Bay base, to which the migrants were taken, now returns to its original role as a US Navy training and support facility.

The US Naval Hospital there provided medical support for the initial surge of intercepted migrants. Then, in mid May 1994, Joint Task Force 160 was established to support and supplement the Guantanamo Bay base's resources.

This joint task force has been composed of units and people from the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. It has