U.S. Naval Forces Europe, in coordination with the U.S. Company for Worldwide Improvement (USAID) facilitated the development of the sector hospital on the request of the federal government of Türkiye, with help from the 633d Surgical Operations Squadron, Langley Air Drive Base, Medical Set up Assist Crew (MIST).
“As quickly as we obtained the request for a area hospital our crew started working and was capable of full its development and set-up in lower than every week,” stated Brig. Gen Andrew Priddy, commanding common, TF 61/2. “The sector hospital is simply one other instance of how we’re dedicated to serving to our Turkish allies. I couldn’t be prouder of this crew.”
U.S. Marines, assigned to U.S. Sixth Fleet’s Activity Drive 61/2, labored side-by-side with the Ministry of Well being via USAID to make sure the hospital was established and operational earlier than departing Antakya.
“With the ability to assist the Turkish folks was a tremendous honor however being so nicely obtained and handled with kindness humbled me tremendously,” stated 1st Lt. Rylie Zuelch, a MIST crew chief. “It was a really eye-opening expertise, and I discovered rather a lot. I’m, simply glad I used to be capable of assist.”
The emergency area hospital is supplied with an emergency room, two working rooms, and an intensive care unit. Together with the sector hospital’s emergency care it’s able to offering pediatric care.
The Marines of TF 61/2, Airmen from thirty ninth Air Base Wing, and Airmen from the 633d Surgical Operations Squadron, labored day and night time to arrange the hospital in lower than 5 days, a job that was projected to take seven days. The hospital can be formally turned over to Turkish authorities on Mar. 7.
TF 61/2, beneath operational management of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Sixth Fleet, is responding to the lethal 7.8 and seven.5 magnitude earthquakes that devastated southeastern and central Türkiye on Feb. 6. Hours after the earthquake, U.S. Marines and Sailors established a ahead disaster response operations middle at Incirlik Air Base, Türkiye, in shut coordination with U.S. interagency companions and Turkish officers.
For greater than 80 years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) has cast strategic relationships with allies and companions, leveraging a basis of shared values to protect safety and stability.
Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF operates U.S. naval forces within the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) areas of duty. U.S. Sixth Fleet is completely assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF, and employs maritime forces via the total spectrum of joint and naval operations.