USNS Mercy Docks on Guam

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The largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster preparedness mission conducted in the region has commenced with the docking of the USNS Mercy.

here’s the report from the vessel…

Dubbed the largest medical ship in the world, housing medical equipment and facilities fit for a fully operational hospital, the USNS Mercy recently docked at Naval Base for the Pacific Partnership 2022 mission.

The Mercy will embark on a mission in the coming months with host and partner nations in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance regional interoperability and disaster preparedness, increase stability and security in the region and promote strong ties across the region.

Captain Charles Maynard, Deputy Mission Commander stated, “Since Mercy departed San Diego, commencing this remarkable journey, the Pacific Partnership 22 team have taken every opportunity to train, organize, and plan for this incredible mission.”

The first deployment of Pacific Partnership came after the devastating effects of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

The mission, since then, has continued on for 17 years with humanitarian relief efforts of medical, dental, and veterinary projects in the region.

According to Captain Timothy M. Quast, Commanding Officer of the Mercy, the Mercy’s stop on Guam is crucial to the mission for supplying and planning.

Timothy M. Quast, the USNS Mercy Commanding Officer, stated, “We’re really using this opportunity to prepare because once we get over the horizon it gets a little bit more difficult to get the supplies that we need and the personnel so this is what we’re doing on Guam.”

Onboard the behemoth vessel, three sailors with connections to Guam, Ian Charfauros, H.A. Teagen Ona, and H.M. Two Joanna Ramilo, shared their plans coming back to Guam after several years with ambitions to scuba dive, sightsee, and visit their families.

{SOT:} Ian Alu Charfauros, USNS Mercy

Ian Charfauros, a USNS Mercy stated, “It’s my first time in Guam visiting at all so it’ll be really exciting and interesting to see what my culture is like back home.”

Deputy Mission Commander Captain Charles Maynard what this mission means for the crew and the importance it bears on the region and quoted, “It’s a really, professionally important mission for us but it’s even more important for the people we’re going to meet and maybe, you know, undertake activities that are going to change their lives.”

For the Pacific News Center,
I’m Devin Eligio