USNS Mercy Recognized for Pacific Partnership Mission

November 8, 2018 – Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) was presented with the United Seamen’s Service Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Special Recognition plaque during a ceremony at the Metropolitan Ballroom of the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York City, Nov. 2 Mercy was recognized for its Pacific Partnership humanitarian deployment to Southeast Asia earlier this year. “We are proud to recognize once again The USNS Mercy, one of the U.S. Navy hospital ships that served as the centerpiece for the 13th…

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USNS Mercy Participates in Humanitarian Disaster Relief Exercise as Part of MSC’s Ongoing Participation in RIMPAC 2018

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) conducted a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) exercise on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 11-13, as part of MSC’s ongoing participation with the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. This year marks the second time Mercy has participated in a HADR at RIMPAC. In early exercises that featured a HADR piece, operations were carried out in a conference room, in a tabletop scenario. Mercy’s physical presence in Hawaii at RIMPAC provides a unique opportunity to get the HADR aspect…

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US Navy Contract Announcements July 16, 2018

Lockheed Martin Corp., Baltimore, Maryland, is awarded a $450,744,723 not-to-exceed undefinitized contract action modification to previously awarded contract N00024-18-C-2301 for long-lead-time material and detail design in support of the construction of four Multi Mission Surface Combatant ships. The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant is a lethal and highly maneuverable surface combatant capable of littoral and open ocean operation. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Work will be performed in Crozet, Virginia (17 percent); Iron Mountain, Michigan (15 percent) Milwaukee, Wisconsin (15 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (9 percent);…

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Military Sealift Command Ships to Participate in RIMPAC 2018

Six Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships will participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 multi-national, maritime exercise in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. MSC fleet replenishment oilers USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) and USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), auxiliary dry cargo/ammunition ships USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) and USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) will provide logistics services including aviation fuel, bunker fuel, dry, fresh and frozen food as well as machine parts and equipment to the 46 ships participating in the exercise. MSC fleet ocean…

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Pacific Partnership 2018 Concludes

The 13th annual Pacific Partnership mission concluded June 21 after completing mission stops in Japan and throughout South and Southeast Asia. The annual multilateral, multi-service mission featured partner nation counterparts working together in eight Indo-Pacific nations to improve disaster response preparedness and enhance relationships across the region. “It has truly been an honor to lead the dynamic men and women of Pacific Partnership 18,” said Capt David Bretz, Pacific Partnership 18 mission commander. “This mission is something myself, along with our entire team from Mercy and Brunswick will never forget.…

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USNS Mercy Departs Japan

Service members participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) departed Yokosuka, Japan, aboard Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), June 21. Mercy made two stops in Yokosuka and one in Tokyo, where service members participated in medical symposiums and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) drills, and conducted ship tours for members of the Japanese government, military personnel and local citizens. “Port calls like this are a great opportunity to share knowledge, experiences and cultures with each other,” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander. “The crew…

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USNS Mercy arrives in Japan for port calls

Servicemembers participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived Yokosuka for a port call on June 10. The purpose of the visit is to enhance relationships and promote goodwill between members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Japanese citizens while demonstrating the capabilities of the ship. The crew of the Mercy has already begun building these relationships while working with the crew of the JDS Osumi during their mission stop in Nha Trang, Vietnam prior to their arrival in Japan. The…

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USNS Mercy arrives in Vietnam for Pacific Partnership

Service members and partner nation personnel participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), arrived in Nha Trang, May 17. The mission in Nha Trang will continue through June 2 and feature U.S. and partner nation personnel working side-by-side with Vietnamese medical professionals, participating in civil engineering projects, conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) readiness drills, and partnering in community outreach engagements. This year’s Pacific Partnership mission in Nha Trang will be joined by personnel from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force embarked in JS…

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USNS Mercy Departs Sri Lanka

Sailors participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) departed Trincomalee aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) May 9, bound for the mission’s fourth port visit in Nha Trang, Vietnam. “We’ve continued to build upon the partnerships we forged during prior Pacific Partnerships,” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander. “The teamwork I saw between the Sri Lankans and all of our partner nations gives me great confidence that as we leave here we are all better prepared to respond to potential disasters.” While in port, Sailors from…

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USNS Mercy arrives in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

U.S and partner nation service members participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 arrived in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), April 25. The mission in Trincomalee will continue through May 8 and will feature Pacific Partnership doctors and medical personnel working side-by-side with Sri Lankan medical professionals to exchange best practices. Additionally, U.S. and partner nation service members will join their Sri Lankan counterparts in civil engineering projects, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) readiness seminars and public outreach engagements throughout the local community.…

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USNS Mercy Arrives in Malaysia for Pacific Partnership

U.S. and partner nation personnel participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), arrived in Port Kelang, Malaysia, April 16. The Pacific Partnership mission in Malaysia will feature medical exchanges, civil engineering projects, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness seminars, and community outreach engagements in the greater Kuala Lumpur area. The secondary mission platform for Pacific Partnership, the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) will arrive in Tawau, Malaysia April 21 for a series of civil engineering, medical and outreach…

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USNS Mercy arrives in Singapore during Pacific Partnership 2018

Service members and partner nation personnel participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), arrived in Changi, Singapore on April 13 for a port call. During the visit, the crew will conduct routine maintenance, load additional supplies onto the ship, and prepare for the second mission stop in Port Kelang, Malaysia. “The crew and I are excited to visit Singapore and to get the chance to experience this wonderful city,” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander. ”This brief visit provides a…

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USNS Mercy Delivers Medical Supplies to Ulithi Atoll

USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) made a brief mission stop, March 20, near Ulithi Atoll, part of the Caroline Islands in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). This is the first official engagement of Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18), where Mercy will be sailing near Ulithi Atoll and using helicopters to deliver medical supplies to a advanced echelon team of PP18 medical professionals embarked on USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6), the secondary mission platform. PP18 medical professionals plan to work alongside Ulithi Atoll public health professionals, assisting in treating local citizens at a…

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USNS Mercy Arrives in Guam During Pacific Partnership 2018

USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived at Apra Harbor March 17, while en route for Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18). The port stop at Apra Harbor will continue through March 19 and see personnel conducting mission preparations, conducting routine maintenance, loading additional supplies onto the ship, and linking up with mission personnel from the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6), the second U.S. ship participating in PP18. “I’m excited to meet up with the USNS Brunswick and get her fully manned and mission ready” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander. “We are…

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USNS Mercy arrives in 7th Fleet for Pacific Partnership

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18), March 10.  PP18 is scheduled to have more than 800 U.S. military personnel stationed worldwide, working side-by-side with host nation counterparts to be better prepared for potential humanitarian aid and disaster response situations.  The Mercy and an expeditionary fast transport ship will serve as the mission platforms led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31 (DESRON 31). The 2018 mission spans from February 23 through June 2018.…

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