USNS Mercy Hosts Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Tours

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) played host to a group of unique visitors as they held tours for a group of dependent children of employees of the Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC).  The tour was part of SWRMC’s annual National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, April 25, 2019.

The group of 15 children and their parents spent an hour touring the hospital ship, led by members of the Medical Treatment Facility (MTF).  The hands on tour included patient care areas such as Casualty Reception, X-Ray Department, operating rooms, intensive care unit and the isolation unit, Blood Bank and laboratories.  Many of the tour stops included interaction with the patient simulation mannequins, which gave the group the opportunity to learn about what takes place in a hospital, as well as a quick lesson in anatomy.

“This is by far the coolest thing I have ever seen,” said one boy as he tried on a wound simulation prosthetic the ship’s MTF crew use for simulation exercises.


According to their website, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is a national day that gives children a glimpse into the working world.  The day revolves around parents taking their children to work to expose students to future job possibilities and the value of education. It is the successor to Take Our Daughters to Work Day, which was expanded to include boys in 2003.

“Having visitors onboard Mercy is always fun for us,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Rudolph Delarea, a member of Mercy’s MTF.  “We are proud to show off the capabilities of the ship.  Having the kids here was really great, because maybe we inspired one or two of them to go into a career in medicine like we’ve chosen.”

Mercy is currently on station in San Diego, Calif. in a reduced operating status, training and planning for its next mission.


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