United States Navy Medical Missions
Gibbons, Deborah E.
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The United States Navy operates a sizable fleet of ships. The larger ships support thousands of people for long periods of time, including facilities for health care and dentistry. They hold substantial food stores, and they have the capacity to produce drinking water by purifying seawater. Sometimes, these ships are called upon to provide urgent disaster relief, and they apply their resources to rescuing, feeding, and healing disaster victims. At other times, dedicated Navy medical ships respond to a disaster or perform humanitarian missions, delivering personal and community-based health services to people in need. Occasionally, Navy ships are diverted from their usual operations for several weeks or months to conduct planned humanitarian and civic assistance missions. In all of these situations, Navy physicians, health care staff, and helicopter pilots play crucial roles in saving lives and improving quality of life for people in the host nation.
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