USNS Mercy leaves San Diego for humanitarian mission

USNS Mercy
The USNS Mercy docked at Naval Base San Diego after the Pacific Partnership mission. navy photo

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy departed San Diego Tuesday, marking the beginning of a multinational humanitarian assistance preparedness and disaster relief mission.

In its 17th year, the Pacific Partnership is the largest mission of its kind and takes place in the Indo-Pacific area, according to a Navy statement. The team will work with the host nation and regional partners to provide medical, dental and veterinary care, conduct “bilaterally engineered civic actions” and exchange information related to disaster response.

“Pacific Partnership is a unifying mission that builds trust among nations to work together efficiently in preparing to respond in a crisis,” said Capt. Hank Kim, Pacific Partnership 22 mission commander. exchange experiences and knowledge with our host and partner countries to collectively develop skills that will last long after the mission.”

As part of the mission, Mercy and her team will conduct missions in Oceania and the Western Pacific. Typical Pacific Partnership events include school construction, medical and engineering expert exchanges and host nation outreach events, the Navy said.

— City News Service

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