AUSTIN — As the flu swells, it will also force the U.S. Navy to prepare for more deadly influenza attacks, according to a new Navy plan.
The Navy will have to prepare a fleet of more than 6,000 fleet suppository (FS) vehicles and 20,000 “biosuppository” (BS) vehicles, as well as a “medical logistics vehicle” (MLV) to handle logistics related to the pandemic, the Navy announced on Tuesday.
“This will be the Navy’s first operational deployment to the mainland in two years, but it will be a welcome addition to our capabilities and the capability of our fleet,” said Navy Rear Adm.
Robert F. O’Donnell, chief of naval operations.
O’Donnell said the Navy is “working with partners across the military and private sector to provide the necessary tools and resources to provide our Navy with the capabilities to respond to a pandemic of this magnitude.”
The Navy’s fleet suppoers will help protect Navy ships and aircraft from the flu by deploying up to 30 aircraft carriers to the U:S.
mainland, O’Neill said.
The ships will also be used for medical evacuation, as they will be able to provide medical assistance and personnel for U.N. peacekeepers in conflict zones, O*Donnell said.
For now, the fleet of ships will be outfitted with three of the Navy ships that are currently outfitted to provide humanitarian assistance in Africa, Odeh said.