FFeb 24, Colombo: The U.S. Navy's Hospital ship, USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) Friday left San Diego bound for Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam to take part in the 13th Pacific Partnership mission, the annual multilateral disaster response preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific.
This year's mission, scheduled to begin Feb 23, is led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31 and staff, embarked on the hospital ship USNS Mercy and the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River, and will include more than 800 military and civilian personnel from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Peru, and Japan.
This annual maritime operation will help improve disaster response preparedness, resiliency, and capacity while enhancing partnerships with participating nations and civilian humanitarian organizations throughout the Indo-Pacific region, according to the .U.S. Pacific Fleet.
This year, USNS Mercy will make mission stops in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Vietnam while USNS Fall River will visit Yap, Palau, Malaysia, and Thailand.
This marks the second year Pacific Partnership will visit Sri Lanka. USNS Fall River visited Sri Lanka last year to take part in Pacific Partnership 2017.
Medical, dental, civil-engineering, and veterinary teams will partner with each host nation to conduct civic-action projects, community health exchanges, medical symposiums, and disaster response training activities.