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Approximately 230 Sailors and Marines with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force have arrived in Guam to offer support to the members of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) aircraft carrier.

The team of medical professionals are supporting the onboard medical staff of the vessel. Support is extended during assessing, managing and treating the symptoms of Covid-19 cases on the ship.

US Marine Corps 3rd Marine Logistics Group Commanding General brigade general Keith Reventlow said: “As a Maritime Force, we need to work together as a Navy and Marine Corps team to stop the spread of Covid-19 in order to remain a ready force in the region.

“Soon after receiving the request for support, we rapidly deployed a team of highly skilled medical professionals to augment Theodore Roosevelt’s existing capabilities with manpower and resources to effectively assist with Covid-19 cases.

“Our combined efforts to combat the virus and protect the health of our force will allow us to continue our mission in Indo-Pacific theater.”

The recently deployed team added professional medical care to the more than 70 embarked officers and corpsmen and a team from the Biological Defense Research Directorate, Fort Detrick, Maryland on the ship.

Early-warning surveillance testing is being conducted for sailors present with influenza-like symptoms by the team on board Theodore Roosevelt.

Based in Japan, the 3rd Medical Battalion has a force ready to deploy immediately to support natural disasters, humanitarian assistance and various other missions.

Carrier Strike Group Nine commander Rear Admiral Stu Baker said: “The rapid response by the 3rd MLG was incredible. Their footprint ashore will ensure our Sailors off ship are well cared for.”