Bringing service to life in US defence
When the US Navy becomes involved in conflict or provides humanitarian aid, they send temporary hospitals to wherever they are needed. Our logistics team, based in Williamsburg, Virginia, works with the US Navy Expeditionary Medical Support Command to make this happen.
Having a clean, modern hospital for Navy doctors to work in means that lives are saved and communities have somewhere to go for their urgent medical needs. These hospitals might be meeting military requirements in isolated areas of Afghanistan or responding to humanitarian crises in the aftermath of natural disasters. Because they have to be prepared for many different situations, the equipment our team organises includes everything from ambulances and generators to scalpels and CT-scanners.
As well as an eye for detail, the ability to respond quickly is vital. Just days after the earthquake struck Haiti, our team had assembled 16,000 items of supplies, to set up a 150-bed hospital.
We also maintain and repair the high-tech equipment used to give more complex medical attention. Items like life-support machines, laboratory equipment and refrigerators for blood all need looking after as they leave one field hospital, pass back through our warehouses and then go on to their next destination.
Less than a year after our contract began we have been given a Bravo Zulu award by our customer's Commanding Officer. Bravo Zulu refers to the signal flags of the letters B and Z. When flown together from a Navy ship's mast, they traditionally mean 'well done'.