US hospital ship visits central Vietnam

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The USNS Mercy (T-AH-19), a hospital ship of the US Navy's Military Sealift Command, docked Tuesday at Cua Lo Port in the central province of Nghe An to provide humanitarian and civic assistance as part of the Pacific Partnership 2012.

As scheduled, over 1,200 service members and civilians aboard the ship, along with the staff on Oosumi, a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious ship, will implement two engineering, six medical and dental and four veterinary care projects, as well as three biomedical repairs and three subject matter expert engagements over the next two weeks.

The Pacific Partnership 2012 participants represent a multinational, multi-organizational team that includes military personnel and civilians from Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, the Philippines, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United States.

The team will provide medical and dental care at six primary schools in Hung Nguyen District.

The mission also includes a fisheries management workshop jointly hosted by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Additionally, engineers from the USNS Mercy will renovate and construct medical facilities in Hung Tien and Hung Lam communes while biomedical equipment professionals will repair medical instruments in local hospitals. Veterinarians will administer vaccinations and perform minor surgeries.

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