Navy Christens USNS Charles Drew

Dr. Drew's research and ground breaking work has saved countless lives

By Nancy Norman
|  Sunday, Feb 28, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 PM EDT
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Navy Christens USNS Charles Drew

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Blood Plasma pioneer Charles Drew

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The US Navy officially launched the USNS Charles Drew with a ceremonial crack of a champagne bottle smashing on the hull Sunday.

The new cargo and ammunition ship, out of San Diego, CA, is named in honor of Dr. Charles Drew--a physician and medical researcher whose pioneering work led to breakthroughs in blood plasma and blood transfusions.

His research and ground breaking work has saved countless lives.  The model for blood and plasma storage he developed is the same process used today by the Red Cross.

Drew became one of the first African-American surgeons to serve as an examiner on the American Board of Surgery.

The late doctor's daughter, Charlene Drew Jarvis is well known on the Washington scene.  Dr. Jarvis was president of Southeastern University until March 2009.  She also served as Ward 4's councilmember for many years beginning in 1979.

The USNS Charles Drew will deliver ammunition, food, fuel and other supplies to U.S. and allied ships at sea.

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