USS NEW ORLEANS, At Sea - The Health Services department aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) hosted safety stand-down training for Sailors and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, May 11.
Topics discussed during the training included battling heat exhaustion, heat stress, sexually transmitted disease prevention and responsible alcohol use.
"Most of the off duty incidents we have deal with alcohol," said Lt. Jordan Smith, senior medical officer aboard New Orleans. "We feel that some of the best ways for Sailors to avoid these dangerous situations is to periodically remind them to be vigilante about these subjects."
Smith also stressed the importance of the secretary of the Navy-sponsored "Right Spirit" campaign.
"Right Spirit is a campaign that recognizes that people are going to drink alcohol, but instills in them that a reasonable approach is the best way," he said. "It's all about using common sense and taking care of your shipmates."
Junior Sailors in attendance said the training provided valuable insight about health issues.
"I didn't know a lot about heat stress beforehand and now, with the knowledge I learned here today, I can make myself more aware," said Interior Communications Electrician Fireman Justin Theurer. "It's just more things I can look out for whether I'm on the ship or out on liberty."
New Orleans is part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group that is currently deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.