The USNS Mercy is the lead ship in her class of hospital ships for the United States Navy. Her homeport is San Diego, but she was deployed to Los Angeles to be a powerful medical resource for that area in the battle against the COVID-19 outbreak. She arrived in Los Angeles on March 27th. Her sister ship, USNS Comfort, arrived in New York Harbor on March 30th.
This video will introduce you to the capabilities of this incredible hospital ship and you will meet some of its crew. I think you will get a sense of how talented, how well-trained and how dedicated the medical staff of this ship really is. They are in constant training for the medical emergencies of both war and for mass casualties.
USNS Mercy will operate with a full crew compliment of 61 civilian and 1,214 military during this operation. She has a total patient capacity of 1,000 beds including: 80 intensive care beds, 20 recovery ward beds, 280 intermediate care ward beds, and 500 limited care beds. She also has 12 operating rooms. She also provides the following medical capabilities: radiological services, including CT scanners, a main and a satellite lab, central sterile processing, medical supply and pharmacy, physical therapies and burn care, an intensive care unit, dental services, optometry/lens lab, a morgue, a laundry, Burn Treatment, Angiography, blood bank, and two oxygen-producing plants.
The USNS Mercy boasts the following awards: Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 Campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal with 1 service star and the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation.
USNS Mercy’s mission will begin immediately now that she has arrived in Los Angeles Harbor and as soon as she gets geared up for this effort of aiding the nation’s second largest city in its efforts to maintain the health of its citizens. As I understand it, the ship will be used to care for non-COVID-19 patients so that beds can be freed up in the city’s hospitals to care for those with the COVID-19 virus.
This first video shows USNS Mercy coming into Los Angeles.
We can be proud of the Navy’s hospital ships and their crews. They will bring practiced expertise to this effort and will be of great help.
The Veterans Site thanks the crews, the medical staff and all other personnel who keep, maintain and serve on the USNS Mercy and the USNS Comfort. We honor your commitment to the nation and to your mission. We wish you Fair Winds and Following Seas in this present effort.
Learn more about the USNS Mercy in this second video.
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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.