The US Navy’s hospital ship USNS Mercy has wrapped up its Vietnam visit, the last stop on its 2015 Pacific Partnership mission.
During its 12-day sojourn in Da Nang, its nearly 1,500 crew members, including doctors from the US, Australia and New Zealand, examined, treated, and even performed surgeries for thousands of people.
They also upgraded the Hoa Quy Commune Medical Station and Da Nang Village of Hope, a shelter for disadvantaged women and children.
On August 27 nearly 300 medical workers and rescuers from the Pacific Partnership program and Da Nang 115 Emergency Center conducted a rescue drill, providing medical support to nearby islands and simulating a tsunami aftermath.
Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and the US’s ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius, took part in the drill.
Osius hailed the humanitarian and medical support provided under the program.
The US and Pacific Partnership want to be a long-term partner with Vietnam and the program would return after its remarkable success this year, he said.
The USNS Mercy, accompanied by the USNS Millinocket, left Da Nang’s Tien Sa Port Friday.