USN Hospital ship USNS Mercy
From the US Navy's Newsstand:
USNS Mercy Makes Port Visit in SingaporeActually, I'm a little surprised that the Newsstand was slow in getting this news released. CNA (Jan 29) has an earlier report on this:
Release Date: 1/31/2005 10:35:00 AM
By Journalist 1st Class (SW) Joshua Smith,
USNS Mercy Public Affairs
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- The hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in Singapore Jan. 29 to take on supplies and embark additional medical and support personnel in support of Operation Unified Assistance. The hospital ship, one of two in the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force, deployed Jan. 5 as a part of the multinational disaster relief effort in the wake of the tsunami that struck Southeast Asia.
Mercy departed its homeport of San Diego on 48 hours notice with a skeleton crew comprised of Military Sealift Command mariners and Navy medical personnel that form the nucleus of the ship’s Medical Treatment Facility (MTF).
While in Singapore, 115 Navy medical personnel from San Diego, Pearl Harbor and Norfolk, Va., met the ship to augment the MTF. In addition, Mercy embarked 14 medical personnel from the National Public Health Service and 90 members of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who will assist in providing medical care to disaster survivors.
"This ship will serve as a unique platform for both the ship medical staff and NGOs aboard, and we will use it in an innovative way to best serve those devastated by the disaster," said Capt. David M. Llewellyn, commanding officer of the MTF. The ship’s crew also onloaded more than 200 pallets of medical supplies and stores that will be needed to sustain the mission for as long as the ship is needed in the region.
Mercy is an extremely capable medical platform that is well-suited to the task of supporting disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide. The ship is one of the largest trauma facilities in the United States, and offers a full spectrum of surgical and medical services.
SINGAPORE : A United States navy ship will set sail from Singapore to tsunami-hit areas to provide medical services for those in need.
The US navy ship Mercy was converted into a hospital ship in 1986 and is equipped with the latest medical technology, complete with tonnes of medical supplies. It is equipped with all the medical facilities needed by a hospital such as operating theatres, ICU units and a 250-bed ward, that can be expanded to take in 1,000 patients, if need be...UPDATE: Also from the Newsstand: High Speed Vessel Two (HSV 2) Swift arrives in Singapore carrying humanitarian aid supplies, including medicine for Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19):
Captain David M Llewellyn, Commanding Officer, USNS Mercy Medical Treatment Facility, said: "A disaster of this magnitude is not static, it's ever changing and we are getting those information, we are now in the recovery mode, we are seeing things that we are not seeing at the beginning so we are getting the preparation and we modify our preparation."
Taking a tour of the facilities was US ambassador Franklin Lavin. Mr Lavin said: "I think medical care is more of an ongoing and permanent flow especially when you have this kind of disaster. Medical issues sometimes happen when you have a population dislocated, temporary camps and the initial infrastructure destroyed so better have medical professionals in and make sure you don't have follow on problems."
The hospital ship's facilities are also expected to be used by non-governmental organisations who are helping out in the tsunami-hit areas.
Jolyon Peter Caplin, Director, Mercy Relief, said: "Having seen what the ship can do and the facilities that is on the ship, what I can say is that if Mercy Relief has a need, if we have a need that is quite distant in Indonesia or Sri Lanka and say we've got here in far flung outposts where the team is at the moment and we really need a lot of help because of severe surgical problems, then we will request."
The ship is expected to set sail on Tuesday for Sumatra.