Cork hosts NATO conference on the medical care of sailors

Cork hosts NATO conference on the medical care of sailors
Participants pose for a group photo at the 22nd NATO Maritime Medical Conference.

Top Navy Surgeons General and other senior medical personnel from 25 nations representing NATO member countries, their partners and other nations were in Cork last week for a major medical conference.

The 22nd NATO Maritime Medical Conference was hosted by the Irish Naval Service in Cork city.

Civil and military cooperation for the medical care of sailors at sea and ashore was the focus of the conference that was attended by representatives from countries including China, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Thailand, USA and the UK.

In conjunction with the medical conference, the 46th Medical Naval Panel Plenary took place, serving as a forum to discuss naval medicine and fine-tune NATO doctrine.

The conference was led by the Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) and included a lecture by Colonel Gerald Kerr, Director of Irish Armed Forces Medical Branch, who depicted the past; present and future of Irish Armed Forces Medical Service.

Dr. Johan Ullman, Swedish Navy, underlined one popular ongoing study on fast patrol boat-related injuries while Cdr Itamar Netzer, Surgeon General of Israel Navy, presented a comprehensive overview of Exercise Crystal Sea 18 during NATO Operation Sea Guardian in December 2018.

MARCOM Assistant Chief of Staff Support, Rear Admiral Murat Dincman (Turkish Navy) delivered the opening remarks underling the importance of MARCOM role’s as Maritime Advocate and the benefits of medical cooperation in a period of economic challenges affecting most navies.

"Improving networking and sharing knowledge and best practices in the Maritime Medical domain are key factors to increase cooperation and simultaneously ensure the best treatment for our sailors at sea,” said Captain Filippo la Rosa, Medical Advisor to MARCOM and chair of the NATO Maritime Medical Conference. 

"The success of this conference is steadily growing, along with its importance over the years and underlines the maritime advocacy role of MARCOM in Maritime Medical Support.”

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