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Thai and U.S. Medical Teams Hold Joint Medical Civil Action Project

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080618-05
Release Date: 6/18/2008 11:20:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Dan Meaney, Commander, Task Force 73 Public Affairs

RAYONG, Thailand (NNS) -- Royal Thai navy and U.S. Navy medical teams finished a week-long joint medical civil action project (MEDCAP) at Banklongpai School in Rayong, June 16.

The project, part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2008, supported Thai medical efforts to provide care to the local community. The MEDCAP teams supplied the people of Rayong with needed prescriptions and more than 250 free dental examinations and 325 physical examinations.

This is the 14th year U.S. forces have come to Thailand as part of CARAT. Each year, along with military training exercises, the Navy brings medical and engineering teams to work in the community.

"We have an excellent health organization here in Thailand, but any help we receive is appreciated," said Royal Thai Navy Lt. Kantarose Sinnoi. "It shows the U.S. is interested in us as people. It shows they care."

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Carmon Whatley, part of the U.S. medical team, participated in the Thailand phase of CARAT for the fifth straight year.

"The people and the community are great," Whatley said. "It's always a great experience, and I can't wait to come again."

CARAT is an annual series of bilateral military exercises between the United States and several Southeast Asia nations designed to promote operational readiness and cooperation.

For more news from Commander, Task Force 73, visit www.navy.mil/local/clwp/.

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