Mercy returned to San Diego from Los Angeles in 2020 after supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) mission, under the Department of Defense's Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA), to provide coronavirus (COVID-19) relief. The ship transited to Portland, Ore., where it underwent a regular overhaul and received upgrades to its flight deck to accept more varieties of aircraft.
To further help support DI, over 100 additional Sailors embarked to bolster the MTF and ship's company crew from various, regional commands like Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) San Diego, Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63), America-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7), Helicopter Sea Combat (HSC) Squadron 3 and Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) Squadron 49.
"We accomplished a tremendous amount of work during the repair period, and it's great to see the ship coming alive again and integrating all of the new systems," said Capt. Peter Nolan, Mercy's ship's master. "We have a lot of new crew members, and we're looking forward to the upcoming periods at sea so we can continue working together, becoming a cohesive unit and prepared for any upcoming missions or tasking. After so much repair time ashore, we are excited to be underway again."
To support the Navy Surgeon General Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham's "four Ps" of people, platforms, performance and power, Mercy can steam to assist any combatant commander's mission and provide humanitarian and disaster relief as a symbol of Navy Medicine's ability to project power around the world.
Mercy must be in a five-day-activation status in order to project combat power over the horizon, and be ready, reliable and resilient to support mission commanders.
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