Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is making ready to signal orders that might result in the deployment of each of the US Navy’s hospital ships and a cell hospital facility, in keeping with two protection officers.
The two hospital ships are the USNS Mercy, at the moment in port in San Diego, and the USNS Comfort in Norfolk the place it’s present process upkeep. The third factor that’s a part of the anticipated so-called “warning order” is a Navy Expeditionary Medical Facility, which is a cell subject hospital that has full resuscitation and emergency stabilizing surgical functionality.
According to the Navy web site, an EMF is “designed to be assembled and operational in 10 days,” as a self-sustaining medical facility.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday referred to the hospital ships noting, “We have already given orders to the Navy a few days ago to lean forward in terms of getting them ready to deploy. They provide capabilities.”
A warning order from Milley will then formalize the method and result in choices on calling as much as energetic responsibility troops or different medical care organizations to function the ships. Activating the EMF might result in Seabees being known as to construct the hospital.
But a limiting issue stay on how all the medical wants for ships and hospital get manned.
“All of those doctors and nurses either come from our medical treatment facilities or they come from the Reserves which means civilians and so what we have go to be very conscious of and careful of as we call up these units and use them to support the states that we aren’t robbing Peter to pay Paul,” Esper stated. “What I don’t want to do is take reservists from a hospital where they are needed just to put them on a ship somewhere else where they are needed so we have to be very conscious of that.”
Esper stated he had spoken to a number of governors about that very problem.