JHSV-3 Joint High Speed Vessel visit Danang port

The hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) arrived in Tien Sa port in the central city of Da Nang on August 17th for their last mission stops of Pacific Partnership 2015.

While in Da Nang, US and partner nation service members worked together to conduct subject matter expert exchanges on various medical and disaster relief topics, dental engagements, and engineering civil action programs. Personnel aboard both ships also have the opportunity to volunteer for community outreach events.

“A significant portion of what we’re going to be doing in Vietnam is subject matter expert exchange. It will be relating to disaster medicine, disaster preparedness, and all the other associated items which will provide the Vietnamese community with the wherewithal to sustain themselves in events of a catastrophe,” said Royal Australian Navy Commander Ken Walters

The mission in Vietnam will culminate in a disaster medicine drill where both US and Vietnam medical personnel will participate both on and off Mercy. The drill will have about fifty casualties. Part of that will be an element that will happen aboard Mercy, where casualties will come from ashore and be brought here. Vietnamese health providers will be practiced who they run a mass casualty and evacuation drill....

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