04 August 2015

USNS Mercy docks today (August 4) in Subic Port [VIDEO]

The long wait for the floating hospital ship is over. The USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) has docked here at the Alava Pier to undertake a series of missions.

According to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), a cleft-lip and palate surgical mission will be done aboard the USNS Mercy, sponsored by Operation Smile and the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) in cooperation with Rotary International District 3790.

In line with this, the SBMA Office of the Deputy Administrator for Public Health will be facilitating the screening of potential patients who require cleft-lip and palate surgery at the Subic Gym on August 5, from 7:00 a.m. onwards.

Potential patients should weigh at least 10 kilograms, not undernourished, and free from colds, cough, or fever at the time of the screening, the SBMA ODA for Public Health said.

Interested parties may call or text Mr. Raul Peralta at 0914-888-4545, or the Office of the Deputy Administrator for Public Health and Safety at (047)252-4924/4307.

The surgical mission is as part of Pacific Partnership 2015 (PP15), the largest annual multi-lateral humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

The ship’s crew will also conduct Fundamentals of Disaster Management Course on August 5 at the James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital and Basic Life Support Training with personnel from the Philippine Heart Center on August 6 at the Harbor Terminal, Subic Bay.

The USNS Mercy crew will be in Subic Bay until August 12 for the continuing Pacific Partnership expert-exchange events and community relations projects while the ship undergoes routine maintenance at the Subic port.

USNS Mercy last docked here in July 2012. (RFD/MPD-SBMA)

The USNS Mercy docks at the Alava Pier in Subic Bay Freeport (DMS/MPD-SBMA)