USNS Mercy Returns to San Diego After 5-Month Deployment

The USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) returned to Naval Base San Diego on Sept. 30 after a 5-month deployment to Southeast Asia. While there, the hospital ship served as the command platform serving the Navy’s Pacific Partnership 2016 mission.

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U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lindsey E. Skelton
The return of USNS Mercy to San Diego brought more than 600 sailors, Marines, soldiers and civilian mariners.
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U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lindsey E. Skelton
“Pacific Partnership was a resounding success. At our peak, Medical Treatment Facility Mercy had over 800 people working in the medical line of effort. They each brought their own special talents and a great deal of commitment to the mission. Much was asked of them and they really delivered over the last five months,” said Medical Treatment Facility Mercy Commanding Officer, Capt. Peter Roberts.
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U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lindsey E. Skelton
Chief Hospital Corpsman Claudette Arenas, from Las Vegas, stationed at Naval Medical Center San Diego, grew up in Manila, Philippines and was reminded of her childhood when Mercy visited the Philippines: “I [remember] how it was when we’d have visitors and how exciting it was,” said Arenas.
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U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lindsey E. Skelton
Pacific Partnership 2016 marked the 11th year of the annual disaster response preparedness mission.
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