A Norfolk-based destroyer came to the aid of a Pakistani sailor who needed immediate medical treatment, the U.S. Navy said Thursday.
The USS Truxtun sent a crew in an inflatable boat to meet the Pakistani frigate PNS Aslat, pick up the sailor and bring him back to the Truxtun on Monday evening, according to a Navy statement.
After the Pakistani sailor was aboard, an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter flew the person to a treatment facility on shore.
“Our corpsmen did an outstanding job ensuring the patient was in stable condition prior to transferring him onto the helicopter for medevac to the hospital,” Cmdr. Troy R. Denison, Truxtun’s commanding officer, said in a statement. “The coordinated effort between our medical team, deck Sailors and embarked air detachment enabled us to respond with urgency and precise execution.”
The Navy said the Pakistani sailor is expected to make a full recovery.
The Truxtun left Norfolk Naval Station in January as part of a routine deployment with the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group to the Middle East.
The Navy didn’t say where it picked up the sailor.