MSC Hospital Ship USNS Mercy Deploys in Support of Pacific Partnership 2016

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departed San Diego today in support of the humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia, Pacific Partnership 2016.

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departs San Diego in support of the humanitarian mission Pacific Partnership 2016.

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departs San Diego in support of the humanitarian mission Pacific Partnership 2016.

The ship’s crew, composed of MSC civil service mariners, who operate the ship, and Navy medical and support personnel who staff and oversee the ship’s hospital, will visit countries throughout Southeast Asia to include, Timor Leste, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Palau and Indonesia. In addition to the U.S Navy and CIVMARs non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and regional partners that include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and the United Kingdom will join the mission, providing maritime security, conducting humanitarian assistance, and strengthening disaster response preparedness.

Mercy will provide medical, dental, veterinary, public health services, engineering and disaster response to host countries who have invited the ship to visit and provide services to the local population.

Following its four month deployment, Mercy will return to San Diego.

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