Combat Camera Pacific – 2006 Mercy Deployment
Republic of Indonesia, July – August 2006
Once the USNS Mercy departed Bangladesh, the mission continued to various locations throughout Indonesia. I lead our photography and video production teams to document the humanitarian missions which provided a multitude of medical and dental care to the people who live in this region. My Photo staff and I covered “Mercy Technicians” as they made repairs to medical equipment, hospital facilities and clinics, and documented Mercy’s instructors provide valuable training to the local medical professionals. Additional medical teams of Operation Smile, Project Hope and the Pre-Dental Exchange Program of the University of California, San Diego continued their joint efforts with the ships medical crew. I loved covering these groups who did some amazing work for the people here, especially the care that was done for the children.
PACIFIC OCEAN – (May 16, 2006)
– Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) performs an underway replenishment operation with MSC replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197). Pecos is one of eighteen Henry J. Kaiser class replenishment oiler ships part of Military Sealift Command since July, 6, 1990. Mercy, commissioned in November, 1986, is conducting a five-month humanitarian deployment to South and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. The medical crew aboard Mercy will provide general and ophthalmology surgery, basic medical evaluation and treatment, preventive medicine treatment, dental screenings and treatment, optometry screenings, eyewear distribution, public health training and veterinary services as requested by the host nations. Like all U.S. Naval forces Mercy is able to rapidly respond to a range of situations on short notice. Mercy is uniquely capable of supporting medical and humanitarian assistance needs and is configured with special medical equipment and a robust multi-specialized medical team who can provide a range of services ashore as well as aboard the ship. The medical staff is augmented with an assistance crew, many of whom are part of non-governmental organizations that have significant medical capabilities.
U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Edward G. Martens (RELEASED)
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