Nearly one week later, Hue City responded to a similar call off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla. The ship was about 10 nautical miles north of the distressed fishing vessel’s location when they were notified by the Coast Guard of a situation involving an injured mariner with a compound fracture.
Once the fishing vessel was sighted, Hue City deployed their small boat with the ship’s Hospital Corpsman, Chief Cory Butler, aboard. He provided an initial assessment and began treatment of the injured fisherman. The boat crew then transferred the patient to the Navy vessel and the ship returned to Naval Station Mayport, where emergency medical services were standing by.
“Hue City executed the mission flawlessly,” said commanding officer Capt. Jake Douglas. “They showed they are always ready to respond to any situation and uphold the tradition of assisting fellow mariners at sea.”
Medical response teams aboard Navy surface ships train regularly in accordance with unit-level and integrated phase standards to prepare for situations like these, understanding they must be ready to respond quickly to provide what could be life-saving medical assistance at sea.
Bravo Zulu to the crews of USS Gravely and USS Hue City!