US 2nd Fleet, USFF host Fleet Medicine Symposium
21 February 2023
NORFOLK, Va. - Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet’s Health Service Support team, in conjunction with U.S. Fleet Forces Surgeon and Commander, Naval Medical Forces Atlantic (NMFL), hosted the Fleet Medicine Symposium, at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Feb. 1-3, 2023.
This year’s symposium brought Hampton Roads area medical leadership together for training on health service support across numbered fleets to share operational medicine practices and lessons learned to ensure mission assurance.
Capt. Carolyn Rice, deputy commander, NMFL explained that integrating with medical communities across numbered fleets drives the evolution of medical processes.
“The Fleet Medicine Symposium establishes a common medical standard to the Navy and Marine Corps team ensuring the readiness of One Navy Medicine,” Rice said.
The symposium briefed operational medical logistics, manning issues and cold weather medicine. Some of the topics of conversation included recent training exercises and the strategic value of the Arctic. Navy Medicine leadership collaborated with maritime forces in discussions and training on combat casualty care and triage techniques specific to medical care of military personnel in cold weather environments.
“We need to sustain collaboration with our fleet partners and actively participate in exercises and rehearse the new warfighting concepts to guarantee mission success,” Rice said.
Navy Medicine — comprised of approximately 44,000 highly-trained military and civilian health care professionals — provides enduring expeditionary medical support to the warfighter on, below, and above the sea, and ashore.
NMFL, headquartered in Portsmouth, Virginia, delivers operationally focused medical expertise and capabilities to meet Fleet, Marine and Joint Force requirements by providing equipment, sustainment and maintenance of medical forces during combat operations and public health crisis. NMFL provides oversight for 21 Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Centers, logistics, and public health and dental services throughout the U.S. East Coast, U.S. Gulf Coast, Hawaii, Europe, and the Middle East.
U.S. 2nd Fleet, reestablished in 2018 in response to the changing global security environment, develops and employs maritime forces ready to fight across multiple domains in the Atlantic and Arctic in order to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied, and partner interests.
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