The U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Two (NAMRU-2) supports American interests in the Pacific Theater and advances U.S. diplomacy in the region by studying infectious diseases of critical public health importance to the United States and other regional partners.
NAMRU-2 provides our country with a continued forward presence that combines virology, microbiology, epidemiology, immunology, parasitology, and entomology into a comprehensive capability to study tropical diseases where they occur. Only in this environment can new preventive measures and treatments be tested and evaluated to provide better health measures for U.S. Government personnel working in the region.
NAMRU-2 operates in several countries in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia. In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, NAMRU-2 opened, outfitted, and staffed a satellite laboratory to conduct regional infectious disease outbreak research, and diagnostic laboratory support.
NAMRU-2 received a Meritorious Unit Commendation from the Secretary of the Navy for "...unparalleled success in providing direct technical and medical support to the operating forces of the United States Navy."