Hospital Ship Holds Training for New Crew

Tuesday, September 30, 2003
By Journalist 1st Class AnTuan Guerry, National Naval Medical Center Public Affairs
Nearly 100 Sailors regularly assigned to the National Naval Medical Center deployed to Navy Hospital Ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) Sept. 15-16 for a regular pierside practice exercise. The training is necessary to teach the new Comfort crew members shipboard safety, and ship and workplace orientation. The training focused on various topics, including mass casualty and abandon ship drills; lifeboat and litter bearer training; Chemical, Biological and Radiological defense training; repair locker training, and finally, life raft commander training for officers. According to Capt. Charles Blankenship, commanding officer of the Comfort’s Medical Treatment Facility, this year’s Comfort Exercise training is different than previous training periods. The training was two days vice five days, and the crew was not required to stay overnight, instead they arrived and departed Comfort daily. One of the biggest changes in this year’s training, according to Blankenship, is that the crew can now “train from experience gained in Operation Iraqi Freedom vice theory.” Blankenship bases his thoughts on the training to Comfort’s participation in world events over the past three years; namely, logistical support for the World Trade Center bombing in New York, the humanitarian efforts of the Baltic Operations Exercise and the hospital ship’s role during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to these events, Blankenship says Comfort based its training more on “what could happen." Now, the crew can point to something that actually happened.
Source: NAVSEA Newswire

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter April 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Education/Training

Ocean Economy Set to Double in Size by 2030

The world’s oceans must be managed well to ensure the potential of an “ocean economy” that was worth US $ 1.5 trillion in 2010.   "Calculations based on the

First Female Deputy Harbor Master at Port of Durban

One of the first three women in Africa to obtain a Marine Pilot open license in 2011, Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National

CMA CGM at the Heart of Paris Art Installation

Worldwide shipping group CMA CGM  announced that it is the main partner of the Monumenta 2016 art exhibition in Paris.    CMA CGM has decided to be at the heart of the creation of the masterpiece,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0672 sec (15 req/sec)