Medical personnel visit Chinese hospital ship

Medical personnel from Camp Lemonnier visited the Chinese Navy Hospital Ship, Ark Peace, on August 28.

By Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Djibouti Aug 30, 2017
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Photo 1 of 6: U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to Camp Lemonnier walk on the deck of the Chinese hospital ship, Ark Peace, in the Port of Djibouti, August 28, 2017. Medical personnel from Camp Lemonnier visited the Ark Peace and received a tour from Chinese medical personnel to highlight the ship’s capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
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Photo 2 of 6: Chinese Navy Rear Admiral Guan Bolin speaks with Expeditionary Medical Facility personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier during a tour of the ship’s capabilities, August 28, 2017. Bolin expressed his gratitude for their visit and offered use of the ship, if needed, for emergency medical services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
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Photo 3 of 6: U.S. Navy Capt. Ian Branum, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa chief of staff shakes hands with Rear Admiral Guan Bolin, mission commander of China’s hospital ship, Ark Peace, in the Port of Djibouti, August 28, 2017. Medical personnel from Camp Lemonnier visited the Ark Peace and received a tour from Chinese medical personnel to highlight the ship’s capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
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Photo 4 of 6: U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to the Expeditionary Medical Facility at Camp Lemonnier look out a window at ships in the Port of Djibouti, August 28, 2017. Medical personnel from Camp Lemonnier visited the Ark Peace and received a tour from Chinese medical personnel to highlight the ship’s capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
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Photo 5 of 6: U.S. service members assigned to Camp Lemonnier met with Rear Admiral Guan Bolin, mission commander of China’s hospital ship, Ark Peace, in the Port of Djibouti, August 28, 2017. Medical personnel from Camp Lemonnier visited the Ark Peace and received a tour from Chinese medical personnel to highlight the ship’s capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
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Photo 6 of 6: U.S. service members assigned to Camp Lemonnier pose with members of China’s Navy onboard Ark Peace in the Port of Djibouti, August 28, 2017. Personnel assigned to the Expeditionary Medical Facility visited the Ark Peace and received a tour from Chinese medical personnel to highlight the ship’s capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
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CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti—Medical personnel from Camp Lemonnier visited the Chinese Navy Hospital Ship, Ark Peace, on August 28. 

Once the medical personnel arrived at the Port of Djibouti where the Ark Peace was docked, they were greeted by members of the Chinese Navy. From there, the U.S Navy Sailors assigned to the Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) were guided through the massive vessel, stopping in each of the corridors to get a firsthand view of the various medical specialties offered onboard the ship. During that time, they were afforded the opportunity to share knowledge and ask questions to the Chinese Navy’s hospital personnel.

During the tour, EMF members met with Rear Admiral Guan Bolin, the task force commander of Mission Harmony 2017, where he expressed his gratitude for their visit and offered use of the ship, if needed, for emergency medical services. 

“Our visit to the Ark Peace was two-fold; our professional interest in seeing what capabilities are available on a hospital ship from a foreign country and improving relations between countries in the event that we find ourselves in a situation where we need assistance,” said U.S. Navy Capt. John York, EMF officer in charge. “I believe it is incumbent on nations that routinely use the open ocean to know what is available and to have established some sort of relationship in case the need arises for assistance.”  

Following their meeting, EMF personnel viewed a video detailing the Ark Peace’s history and accomplishments over the past decade.

“The ship and its capabilities are impressive,” said York. “They have a wide spectrum of medical specialties and capabilities and are clearly engaged in medical diplomacy during this port visit to Djibouti. The EMF team enjoyed meeting our colleagues and we hope further interactions continue in the future.”

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