Category Archives: Military Personnel

USNS Mercy is ‘Open for Business’ Says Hospital Ship’s Top Doc

USNS Mercy is ‘Open for Business’ Says Hospital Ship’s Top Doc

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kimberly Wyss, from Ventura, Calif., sanitizes a medical supply shelf aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) on March 28, 2020. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO — A day after pulling into its temporary home in the port of Los Angeles the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) Is ready to receive patients and take the pressure off local civilian hospitals inundated by the coronavirus. Read More

Navy Officials Evaluating How COVID-19 Will Affect ROTC Summer Cruises

Navy Officials Evaluating How COVID-19 Will Affect ROTC Summer Cruises

George Washington University Naval ROTC midshipmen perform a squad basic drill as part of the Mardi Gras Drill Meet hosted by the Tulane University Naval ROTC on the Tulane campus, Feb. 21. Navy photo

With the Pentagon restricting force movements to stop the spread of COVID-19, Navy training officials are trying to figure out how to get roughly 4,000 midshipmen from college Reserve Officer Training Corps programs out to commands for summer cruises.

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3rd Fleet’s Conn Orders 1,900 Makin Island ARG Sailors to Stay on Ships Amid Coronavirus Concerns

3rd Fleet’s Conn Orders 1,900 Makin Island ARG Sailors to Stay on Ships Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) stand in formation during a change of command ceremony in the ship’s well deck in 2019. US Navy Photo

The 1,900 sailors of the San Diego-based Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group will be sequestered to their ships for 14 days pier-side ahead of a planned training underway amidst fleet-wide COVID-19 concerns. Read More

Navy, Marines Struggled With 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Navy, Marines Struggled With 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Interior of isolation ward, Naval hospital at Naval Training Camp Gulfport, Miss., during 1918 influenza epidemic. (U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photo)

As the 1918 flu pandemic raged, Navy doctors preached that the rawest recruits and most senior flag officers needed to wash their hands often and to isolate the sick from the healthy, medical historians told USNI News.

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Navy Adapts Medical Care Around COVID-19 Threat

Navy Adapts Medical Care Around COVID-19 Threat

Hospitalman Thomas Lacey, right, and Hospitalman Mohammad Yassine, left, screen a patient in their car at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s (NMCP) COVID-19 drive thru screening and triage site outside of NMCP’s Emergency Department on March 20, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy is trusting lower-level unit commanders to develop plans that both balance mission readiness with reducing the risk of exposing personnel to COVID-19 .

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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 23, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 23, 2020

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of March 23, 2020, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More