U.S. Navy hospital ship heading to Southeast Asia
The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy will depart San Diego on Saturday to take part in a humanitarian assistance effort in Southeast Asia.
As part of “Pacific Partnership,” the Mercy is scheduled to visit Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Palau, according to the Navy’s Third Fleet. Other ships taking part in the effort will make stops in Palau and Papua New Guinea.
“This deployment offers an incredible opportunity to continue to build the relationships and capabilities that will be essential in responding to a real-world disaster in the region,” said Capt. Lisa Franchetti, Pacific Partnership’s commander.
During the deployment, the ship’s crew will conduct humanitarian and civic assistance, working with host nations, non-governmental organizations and U.S. government agencies, according to the Navy.
Mercy is scheduled to return sometime in late September. Mercy is one of two U.S. Navy hospital ships. It has multiple operating rooms, sophisticated X-ray capabilities and more than 500 volunteer and military staff.
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