08 March 2016

MSC’s USNS Charles Drew hosts ship tour to Subic Bay's medical professionals

Eleven Filipino nationals toured the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) during a community relations event in Subic Bay, March 3.

The Filipino nationals were staff members comprised of nurses and medical technicians from the Unihealth- Baypointe Hospital and Medical Center located here.

The event was sponsored by Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the guests were those who provide care to civilian mariners in the form of physicals, Medical Surveillance Program renewals (MSPs) and other urgent and routine medical needs.

The Baypointe staff were treated to a hardy dinner onboard and given a tour of the ship which included the bridge, the SA330-J Puma helicopter cargo handling areas, and the ship's medical department.

"Thank you very much for a wonderful experience touring the ship," said Marjurie Hernandez, from the marketing department at Baypointe Hospital. The staff stated they had a memorable time and for some of them this was their first time seeing a U.S. Navy ship up close.

MSC currently contracts with Baypointe Hospital and other local medical facilities in the Subic Bay area for the completion of required MSC medical exams. The USNS Charles Drew is currently assigned to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (dvidshub.net)

Filipino nationals pose for a photo in the dining facility during a tour of the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), March 3. (Photo courtesy of Marjurie Hernandez)