US hospital ship joins Pacific Partnership Program

The US Navy's hospital ship USNS Mercy docked in Nha Trang port on Thursday, beginning its Pacific Partnership Program 2018 until June 2.

More than 500 US officers and crewmembers and their Vietnamese partners will work with Nha Trang hospitals to provide health examinations and treatment to people, administer first-aid to victims at local beaches, and repair and upgrade local medical facilities in localities. Commissioned in 1986, the USNS Mercy is a super hospital of the US Navy. The annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission in the Pacific and Indian Ocean aims to strengthen national capacities and medical preparedness for disaster response. In addition to the US and Japan, the program includes the UK, Canada, France, Australia, Sri Lanka, Chile, and Peru.

Source: VOV5