US Navy hospital vessel now in Philippines

United State Navy Ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is now in the Philippines. The said Military Sealift Command hospital ship arrived July 18, Saturday at Roxas City, Capiz for the first half of its third Pacific Partnership 2015 (PP15) mission. It’s first PP15 mission was in Fiji and the second was in Papua New Guinea which ended July 10.

“In Roxas City, medical staff aboard Mercy will perform surgical procedures and will host community health engagements, and also provide direct care in seven locations throughout the province of Capiz,” the US Navy said in a statement.

“PP15 personnel will work and train side-by-side with the community on civic service events, safety topics, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, water search and rescue, veterinarian care, and community outreach projects,” it added.

USNS Mercy will head to Subic on August 4 to continue its mission in the Philippines. The Mercy crew will be in Subic Bay Aug. 5-14, continuing Pacific Partnership subject matter expert exchange events and community relations projects while the ship undergoes routine maintenance, US Navy said.