Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kimberly Wyss donned surgical gloves aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), on Monday, in a photograph taken by MC2 Ryan M. Breeden and released by the Navy on Tuesday, as the hospital ship accepted its first patients to support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts.
In a statement, Capt. John Rotruck, Mercy’s Military Treatment Facility commanding officer, said: “Being able to accept our first patients is a true testament of the teamwork between Mercy, the Navy, the State of California, the county of Los Angeles, and the City and Port of L.A.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of our crew for all the hard work they did to get us here and ready in such a short time.”
“The men and women embarked on board Mercy are energized, eager, and ready to provide relief to those in need,” Rotruck said.
Mercy is a seagoing medical treatment facility that currently has personnel embarked for the Los Angeles mission, including Navy medical and support staff assembled from 22 commands, as well as over 70 civil service mariners.
Mercy’s primary mission is to provide an afloat, mobile, acute surgical medical facility to the U.S. military that is flexible, capable, and uniquely adaptable to support expeditionary warfare. Mercy’s secondary mission is to provide full hospital services to support U.S. disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide.
U.S. 3rd Fleet is operating as the Maritime Command Element, West, for U.S. Naval Forces Northern Command (NAVNORTH), under U.S. Northern Command for Defense Support of Civil Authorities in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead agency.