Four sailors from Australian warship HMAS Stuart were recognised for saving the life of an American sailor during Exercise BERSAMA LIMA 14.
Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Matthew Sales, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Benjamin Ridd, Able Seaman Electronic Technician Freya Gosnell and Able Seaman Electronic Technician Daniel Illman were recognised by the Commanding Officer of the US Navy Regional Center - Singapore, Captain Scott Murdock, USN, for their actions in coming to the assistance of a sailor experiencing a medical emergency.
The members were on shore leave at the ‘Terror Club’ recreation facility in Sembawang Naval Base, Singapore, during the Exercise, when they came across man in difficulty.
“We were just in the right place at the right time and did what we needed to do. We saw the sailor on the floor, reacted and our Navy training just kicked in,” Able Seaman Gosnell said.
The USN Citation signed by Captain Murdock commended the Australian personnel’s swift action and credited their swift response with saving the sailor’s life.
The citation reads in part:
During a recent port visit in Singapore, [the sailors] displayed awareness of skill in their recognition and response to an emergent medical situation…without hesitation and immediately provided emergency medical assistance to the sailor by ensuring the individual’s airway was open and providing medical care and assistance for over 20 minutes until Singapore Civil Defence Force paramedics arrived on scene… Without question, [their] astute and keen sense of awareness, quick action and leadership were critical to saving the life of one of our United States Navy Sailors.
HMAS Stuart was in Singapore participating in Exercise BERSAMA LIMA 14, an annual Five Powers Defence Force Agreement (FPDA) defence exercise involving Army, Navy and Air Force assets of Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom.