Hospital Ship Leaves Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC
Hospital Ship Leaves Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC’s
By Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
Pyoung K. Yi, USNS Mercy.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii – (DOD
News) – July 16, 2014 – The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS
Mercy departed Pearl Harbor yesterday to participate for the first time ever in
the sea phase of Rim of the Pacific 2014, the world's largest international
Mercy is scheduled to participate in various events,
including simulated medical evacuations, a mass casualty exercise and
subject-matter expert exchanges with other RIMPAC participants.
"I am looking forward to operating with different allied
partner nations," said Navy Capt. Michael Perkow, mission commander aboard
Mercy during RIMPAC. "This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn together and
operate in a multinational environment."
The medevac simulations are scheduled to arrive within Mercy's task force and other participating ships. The simulations will test the
ability of each ship’s medical department to respond, evaluate patients, and
then decide whether they need to be taken to Mercy for a higher level of care.
The mass casualty exercise is scheduled to simulate an oil
platform accident with 40 patients being brought to Mercy, allowing the ship's
staff to train in an environment in which a large number of injured people are
loaded onto the ship.
Subject-matter expert exchanges are slated to take place with
medical personnel from other nations participating in RIMPAC. "The [exchanges]
are for Mercy's staff to learn best practices other navies have developed and
also for our allied partners to learn some of our best practices," Perkow said.
This year's RIMPAC marks the first time in the exercise's
history that hospital ships have participated. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six
submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating. from
the exercise began June 26 and runs to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands
and Southern California.
Rim of the Pacific 2014