USNS Mercy departs LA to continue Covid-19 response efforts

Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) has departed Los Angeles after offering support to the US Department of Defense (DOD)’s operations in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in the area.

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Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) has departed Los Angeles after offering support to the US Department of Defense (DOD)’s operations in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in the area.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) directed the US Navy to assign about 60 personnel to USNS Mercy’s medical treatment facility.

The navy with USNORTHCOM-directed forces supports the local healthcare providers at nursing facilities.

Since March, Mercy is deployed at the World Cruise Center Terminal in LA, serving healthcare providers by treating non-Covid-19 patients.

The medical professionals aboard the vessel treated patients and performed medical procedures including general, orthopedic and plastic surgeries, interventional radiology, exploratory laparotomy, and skin grafting.

USNS Mercy is scheduled to return to Naval Station San Diego. Following the return, the vessel and members of its embarked medical training facility will be prepared for future tasking.

US Destroyer Squadron 21 commodore mission commander Captain Dan Cobian said: “After arriving on station, the personnel aboard Mercy were able to safely execute our mission in support of FEMA and in coordination with state and local authorities.

“In addition to supporting LA-area hospitals, we were able to expand our mission by providing support to a local skilled nursing facility and we also sent personnel to aid USNS Comfort for their effort in New York.

“Our Sailors answered the call and showed our country and the world the capability of our combined Navy Medicine and Military Sealift Command team in providing aid during this pandemic.”

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