USNS Mercy to Depart for Pacific Partnership 2018
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​160912-N-SJ730-043 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 12, 2016) USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) steams in the Pacific Ocean after completing Pacific Partnership 2016 in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Mercy is sailing to her homeport of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Hank Gettys/Released)

SAN DIEGO – The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is scheduled to depart Feb. 23 from its homeport of San Diego for Pacific Partnership 2018.

Led by the embarked staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31, Mercy and the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4), along with more than 800 military and civilian personnel from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Peru, and Japan, will join allied and partner nation militaries for the 13th Pacific Partnership mission.

“Our staff and team have come together to form a dynamic team of professionals and we are ready to execute this mission and engage with our partners throughout the Indo-Pacific,” said Capt. David Bretz, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 31. “We are excited about forging new friendships and deepening partnerships across the region.”

Mercy is scheduled to make mission stops in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Medical, dental, civil-engineering, and veterinary teams will partner with each host nation to conduct civic-action projects, community health exchanges, medical symposiums, and disaster response training activities. Additional community relations engagements will occur in each mission stop to enhance relationships and camaraderie with citizens of the host nations. Following the mission stops, Mercy will also visit Japan during its return transit across the Pacific Ocean.

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