USNS Mercy returns from medical-aid tour of Asia
SANTA RITA, Guam — Sailors with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 and Mobile Security Squadron 7 were expected to return home Sunday after providing humanitarian aid in Southeast Asia, according to a Navy news release.
While embarked on the hospital ship USNS Mercy, servicemembers and civilians visited 10 locations in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia and East Timor.
The Mercy cared for more than 60,000 patients, performed more than 1,000 surgeries, repaired biomedical equipment, conducted preventive medicine surveys and inspections and trained more than 6,000 people in a variety of medical topics, the release stated.
The San Diego-based ship spent 72 days on the deployment.