USNS Mercy to make port call on Guam before returning to homeport
ASAN, Guam (Sept. 2, 2015) – The U.S. naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) will make a port call aboard U.S. Naval Base Guam Sept. 4, before returning to her homeport in San Diego.
The hospital ship served as the primary mission platform and conducted humanitarian assistance to the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia as part of Pacific Partnership 2015 (PP15).
Led by the U.S. Navy, the PP15 team included personnel and assets from Australia, France, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and Timor-Leste. As a combined force with the secondary platform joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3), the team visited seven host nations and engaged in a variety of local outreach efforts.
Host nations included Fiji, the independent State of Papua New Guinea, Republic of Kirabati, Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Republic of the Philippines and Vietnam.
Now in its 10th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Pacific Partnership began in response to one of the world’s most catastrophic natural disasters, the December 2004 tsunami that devastated parts of Southeast Asia. Along with other nations, the United States responded to the tragedy, deploying U.S. Navy assets, including Mercy, which later returned to the region in 2006 for the first Pacific Partnership mission.
The Pacific Partnership mission continues America’s longstanding tradition of helping those in need. In addition, personnel supporting the mission are actively contributing to the nation’s Maritime Strategy efforts, which call for the security of America and its citizens, the application of seapower to ensure the protection of America’s way of life, and a strengthened partnership with allies.
Like all naval forces, Mercy can rapidly respond to a range of situations on short notice. Mercy is uniquely capable of supporting medical and humanitarian assistance needs and has been configured with special medical equipment and a robust multi-specialized medical team to provide a range of services ashore as well as on board the ship.
In its deployed state, the 894-foot ship carries up to 1,215 medical personnel and provides full hospital capabilities and services including surgery, radiology, optometry, dermatology, physical therapy, dialysis, a pharmacy, blood bank and dental.
Mercy’s primary mission is to provide rapid, flexible and mobile acute medical and surgical services to support Marine Corps, Army and Air Force units deployed ashore, and naval amphibious task forces and battle forces afloat.