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USS Fort McHenry Treats MEDEVAC Patients from Haiti

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS100125-12
Release Date: 1/25/2010 2:45:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Rachael L. Leslie, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East

NEPLY, Haiti (NNS) -- The medical team aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) treated five severely injured emergency medical evacuees flown from Baie de Grand Goave, Haiti, Jan. 23.

Maintaining around-the-clock care, Fort McHenry's medical department personnel stabilized all five critical-care patients who were injured during the earthquake, one with life-threatening injuries, said Cmdr. Nate Moyer, Fort McHenry's commanding officer.

"What the Fort McHenry medical team executed last night was nothing short of exceptional," said Moyer. "When we take in patients from outside the lifelines, we become increasingly stressed to meet the needs of our critically wounded patients as well as still being able to meet the medical needs of the crew. Our medical team last night was able to accomplish it all."

In the early morning Jan. 24, the patients were stable enough to board an MH-60S helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 for transport to a larger medical facility.

Sea-based amphibious ready forces, like the ones aboard Fort McHenry, bring added capabilities to aid the relief efforts in Haiti without taxing the already strained infrastructure ashore.

The Fort McHenry team includes the ship's crew, members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, Assault Craft Unit 2, Beach Masters Unit 2 and Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadrons (MSRON) 6 and MSRON 4. The group's equipment is comprised of heavy-lift and utility helicopters, trucks and humvees, assault amphibious vehicles and logistics capabilities to include water purification and limited medical support to further enhance the humanitarian relief efforts ashore.

Fort McHenry is currently participating in Operation Unified Response as part of USS Bataan (LHD 5) Amphibious Relief Mission, providing military support capabilities to civil authorities to help stabilize and improve the situation in Haiti following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake Jan. 12.

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