Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Union-Crewed Hospital Ship Sets Sail on Humanitarian Mission

USNS Mercy

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The hospital ship USNS Mercy left San Diego on May 3 to join the Navy’s Pacific Partnership 2022 (PP22) mission with international partners. Members of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA), Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P) and Seafarers (SIU) work as civilian mariners aboard the vessel.

The Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific region. The PP22 team will work with host nations and regional partners to provide medical care and exchange information related to disaster response throughout Oceania and the Western Pacific.