US submarine, hospital ship, fast command vessel in Philippines right now

United States Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in Subic Bay, August 4 for the second half of its mission stop in Philippines for Pacific Partnership 2015 (PP15). Mercy will leave Subic Bay on August 14 and will sail to Da Nang, Vietnam to continue its PP15 mission.

Also in Subic right now is a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine, USS Chicago (SSN-721), as part of its Western Pacific deployment, the US Embassy in Manila said.

A secondary platform for PP15, US Military Sealift Command joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3), also arrived in San Fernando, La Union yesterday. USNS Millinocket will stay in La Union until August 15.

Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia Pacific Region, the US Navy said.

While training for crisis conditions, Pacific Partnership, missions have provided medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary service to more than 38,000 animals.