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A sailor was medically evacuated from the USS John S. McCain to Fiji on Tuesday after suffering from appendicitis.

The guided missile destroyer was 400 nautical miles from the nearest medical facility when the McCain sailor was diagnosed with appendicitis, according to a Navy release.

The destroyer was conducting operations in the South Pacific when the emergency occurred.

"We kept the patient comfortable with high doses of antibiotics and painkillers, but MEDEVAC was the only option we had for definitive treatment," corpsman Chief Petty Officer Kevin Varner was quoted in the release.

The U.S. 7th Fleet worked with the U.S. Defense Attache Office in Fiji to get clearance for the ship to enter Fijian waters, the release said.

The sailor was then transferred by boat to an ambulance waiting at a nearby beach.

Lt. Cmdr. Robert Ogden, the McCain's executive officer, said in the release that the evacuation was "effective, safe, successful" and praised the performance of the ship's crew as "stellar."

The McCain is permanently forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.


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