Military Sealift Command.USNS USNS United States Naval Ship (civilian-manned; in service)
USNS United States Navy Seals Spica Rescues
British Submarine Sailor
By Ensign Marcie Robinson, USNS Spica
On October 2, MSC combat stores ship The combat stores ship is a class of United States Navy ship. They provide supplies, including frozen, chilled and dry provisions, and propulsion and aviation fuel to U.S. Navy combatant ships that are at sea for extended periods of time. USNS Spica unexpectedly received orders from US Naval Forces Central Command to divert immediately from its intended course and make best speed to a destination in the southern Red Sea The Southern Red Sea region of Eritrea is one of the six main regions of Eritrea. It lies along the southern half of the Red Sea, and contains the coastal city of Asseb. It borders the Northern Red Sea region, and has an area of around 27,600km². . Instead of transporting stores, Spica assisted in the at-sea medical evacuation of a British sailor suffering from acute appendicitis on board his submarine.
As Spica neared the rendezvous point, crew members prepared to launch one of the ship's Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB RHIB Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (also see RIB) ) and simultaneously prepared to receive an inbound SH-60 Seahawk helicopter from USS Nicholas.
Upon reaching the surfaced submarine, Spica launched the RHIB with a trained search and rescue swimmer. Eleven minutes later, the RHIB was recovered and the British sonar operator repairman was taken for an examination by the ship's medical services officer, Don Stedry. Spica's flight deck crew refueled the Seahawk helicopter and transferred the patient in less than 30 minutes. The submariner sub·ma·rin·er
A member of the crew of a submarine.
Noun 1. submariner - a member of the crew of a submarine
crew - the men and women who man a vehicle (ship, aircraft, etc. was then flown to USS Saipan, where he underwent a successful appendectomy Appendectomy Definition
Appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. The appendix is a worm-shaped hollow pouch attached to the cecum, the beginning of the large intestine. .
"I'm proud that Spica's civilian mariner and military team was able to assist this submariner. Life at sea is an adventure, but you always hope that something like this won't happen to a fellow sailor. I'm happy we could play a role in getting him the medical care he needed," said Navy Cmdr. Rod Hubbard, Spica's military detachment officer-in-charge.
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