VENICE, Italy -- Senior naval and military medical officers
from Algeria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia,
Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia,
Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Turkey, and the
United States are joining together May 16, 2017, for the kick off of the 20th
NATO Maritime Medical Conference hosted here by the Italian Navy.
from the opening day offered planning insights for medical officers with
historical references of at sea injuries from torpedo and missile attacks to
potential future areas of conflict from terrorism to humanitarian response from
"The Mediterranean Sea is an ancient crossroads of
trade that's seen many clashes… as there's a lack of resources on land, people
are interested in the resources of the sea, which puts the region at risk in
the near future to a deepening conflict for resources," said retired Italian
Vice Admiral Sanfelice di Monteforte, professor of strategic studies at the
University of Trieste."
The Allied Maritime
Command (MARCOM) led-conference features more presentations throughout the week
about geographic challenges and joint medical services for maritime medical
support, various medical updates and emerging changes in training, health
surveillance, diving medicine and telemedicine capabilities.
is necessary for increasing interoperability, so our crews know they have the
health support they need from NATO," said Deputy Commander MARCOM Vice Admiral
Bruno Paulmier. "The conference provides nations an opportunity to
exchange medical expertise and enables MARCOM, in an advocacy role, to listen
to the medical staff and provide them the support they need."
The medical conference occurs in conjunction with the 44th
Medical Naval Panel Plenary to discuss naval medicine topics to update NATO
Deputy Commander Allied Maritime Command Vice Admiral Bruno Paulmier (left) addresses attendees during the opening ceremony and retired Italian Vice Admiral Sanfelice di Monteforte, professor of strategic studies at the University of Trieste, gives a presentation about Mediterranean security to naval and medical officers from 23 nations during the 20th NATO Maritime Medical Conference hosted by the Italian Navy at the Venice Arsenal on May 16, 2017. NATO photo by Lieutenant Lily Daniels USN