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Nassau Hosts Phoenix Express Medical Professionals

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Story Number: NNS080410-05
Release Date: 4/10/2008 3:37:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Steven Scott Smith, USS Nassau Public Affairs

SOUDA BAY, Crete (NNS) -- USS Nassau (LHA 4) hosted foreign military medical professionals from ten countries on the first full day of training during Exercise Phoenix Express 2008 (PE 08)April 9.

PE 08 is the third annual exercise in a long-term effort to enhance regional cooperation and maritime security. The principal aim is to increase interoperability by developing individual and collective maritime proficiencies of participating nations, as well as promoting friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation.

Cmdr. Timothy Quiner, Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group surgeon and FST 2 officer in charge, stressed the importance of teamwork and collaborative efforts with multinational partners in the region.

"Collaborative effort between these countries is important because it enables us to provide better medical care and training," Quiner said. "Phoenix Express enables us to work as a team and meet their medical training needs so they are prepared for medical emergencies on the high seas."

Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 2, embarked on Nassau, and the ship's own medical department exchanged medical knowledge and discussed capabilities and procedures with teams from nations around the Mediterranean Sea.

During the exercise the teams will review medical evacuation procedures, airway management and evaluation of trauma victims. The training within Nassau's medical facility will also include lab training, demonstrating blood transfusions, general lab chemistry and the proper use of medical equipment.

Exercises like PE 08 enable participants to advance information sharing which is crucial to maintaining a region free from transnational threats, as well as enhance capability to conduct multinational peacekeeping missions.

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