A Coast Guard Crew on Wednesday medically evacuated a contractor who was aboard the United States Navy’s Soderman, which was off the coast of Hawaii Island. The Navy notified the Coast Guard Wednesday morning at 8:50 a.m. that there was a man aboard the USNS Soderman who had dizziness and dehydration. The Coast Guard’s flight surgeon recommended evacuation.
The Coast Guard launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at 10:40 a.m., with a C130 Hercules to provide cover for the Dolphin crew. The Dolphin was able to get the contractor aboard the helicopter and they airlifted him to Hilo Medical Center to get medical treatment.
USNS Soderman is a U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command Army Prepositioned Stock ship. Military Sealift Command operates approximately 110 non-combatant, merchant mariner-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, and strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.