“Helping another mariner at sea is fundamental to our profession…”
USS San Jacinto Aids Turkish Mariner
By USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) – Guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) transported a Turkish mariner to U.S. Navy Hospital Sigonella early in the morning of Aug. 4 following a request for assistance from Turkish Navy warship TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasa (A579).
San Jacinto was transiting the Mediterranean Sea conducting routine communications shortly before 11 p.m. local time Aug. 3, when it was hailed by the Turkish warship who requested transportation assistance for a mariner who required immediate medical attention.
San Jacinto responded immediately, heading to the ship’s location.
“Helping another mariner at sea is fundamental to our profession,” said Capt. Bill McKinley, San Jacinto’s commanding officer. “My watch team received the call at more than 130 nautical miles away which is at extreme range for bridge to bridge communications. The watch team immediately made best speed to the position of the Turkish ship while making all the complex arrangements for the medical evaluation.”
Aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), also in the Mediterranean Sea, Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) staff coordinated efforts to transport the mariner for medical treatment. Harry S. Truman’s senior medical officer coordinated assistance efforts by providing acute care options to help slow the spread of the illness.
“We provided guidance on how to stabilize the patient until San Jacinto could safely transport the sailor to the nearest military medical facility,” said Cmdr. William Mann, senior medical officer, Harry S. Truman.
Early in the morning Aug. 4, a rigid hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) from San Jacinto transported the mariner from Cezayiril Gazi Hasan Pasa to San Jacinto where a helicopter was standing by to transport him to U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella, Italy, for medical attention.
The patient is in stable condition at the facility.
McKinley praised his crew for their efforts along with those of the staff aboard Harry S. Truman.
“They performed flawlessly as did the Harry S. Truman Strike Group staff,” he said. This operation once again proves the outstanding flexibility of Sailors and the United States Navy.”
Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, commander, Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, also praised the actions of San Jacinto’s crew.
“The crew of San Jacinto did a fantastic job,” said Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, commander, Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG). “They did everything right, from getting their RHIB in the water and over to the Turkish ship to getting the patient back on board, onto a helicopter and to the hospital for medical attention. San Jacinto was in the right place at the right time and it made a real difference for that individual. Additionally, I was very impressed with the professionalism of the crew of TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasa.”
San Jacinto is deployed as part of HST CSG, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
The USS Harry S. Truman was due to deploy in February, but the deployment was delayed due to “budget uncertainty” resulting from the US government’s self-imposed financial woes. Now the Truman is ready to depart – along with the other elements of Carrier Strike Group 10 – a carrier air wing comprising more ship-based aircraft than many nations have in their entire inventory, and (likewise) more guided missile cruisers and destroyers than many navies can boast in their entirety.
And bear in mind, the US Navy has eleven of these flat tops with eleven air wings and eleven destroyer squadrons. Eleven. That’s with the “budget uncertainty.” That we should all have such uncertain navies!
Aircraft carrier Truman set to deploy next week
The aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman is set to deploy with its strike group to the Persian Gulf next week for an eight- to nine-month cruise, the Navy said Wednesday.
The carrier strike group and its more than 6,000-man crew will depart Monday from Norfolk Naval Station, the Navy said.
The carrier was supposed to deploy in February, but severe budget cuts upended the fleet deployment schedule and the carrier’s departure was canceled just two days before it was to leave.
At the time, the Truman crew had spent months doing the workups and earning the certifications needed to deploy. They spent the past five months staying prepared, the strike group’s commander said.
“We’ve worked very hard over the last several months to maintain our combat readiness following the delay of our deployment in February due to sequestration,” Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney said in a statement.
Since February, the Dwight D. Eisenhower has deployed and returned from the Gulf to Norfolk, while the Nimitz deployed from the west coast as the John C. Stennis came home. Because of the budget cuts, the Navy has scaled down its required presence in the Gulf from two carriers to one.
The Truman will be deploying with the destroyers Bulkeley and Mason, the guided missile cruisers Gettysburg and San Jacinto and 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron, a combined U.K. and U.S. staff.
Carrier Air Wing 3 – comprised of three Navy and one Marine strike fighter squadrons, an early warning squadron, electronic attack squadron and Navy and Marine helicopter squadrons – will also deploy as part of the strike group.
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