USNS Mercy Returns to San Diego; Completes Pacific Partnership 2016

Military Sealift Command’s Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) returned to Naval Base San Diego Sept. 30 after a five-month deployment to Southeast Asia in support of Pacific Partnership 2016.

Seventy  MSC civil service mariners served as the crew, supporting the mission by maintaining the physical aspect of Mercy and sailing the ship, which served as the command platform for the mission. Throughout the mission Pacific Partnership personnel worked alongside their counterparts in each country to share knowledge and best practices in disaster response preparedness through subject matter expert exchanges, workshops and exercises in humanitarian assistance disaster relief, medical, civil-engineering, and Women, Peace and Security.

“The mission was a great success,” said Capt. Tom Giudice, Mercy’s civil service Master. “From the guys down on the deck, to the senior leadership, everyone worked as a team and performed to the highest levels of professionalism. As happy as I am to be home, I am equally proud of the good work this crew did.”

USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) returns to San Diego, completing Pacific Partnership 2016.

USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) returns to San Diego, completing Pacific Partnership 2016.

Pacific Partnership 2016 marked the 11th year of the annual disaster response preparedness mission, and conducted mission stops in Timor Leste, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Palau and Indonesia to learn and share expertise and experience in humanitarian assistance disaster relief, collaborative medical care, civil-engineering, Women, Peace and Security, and also to build lasting relationships through community relation events and professional exchanges. Embarked aboard Mercy throughout the mission were military and civilian personnel from Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore and the U.S.


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