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US hospital ship calls at Cua Lo Port

Update: July, 11/2012 - 10:31

NGHE AN — The US Navy Military Sealift Command's hospital ship USUN Mercy (T-AH 19) anchored at Cua Lo Port yesterday afternoon to provide humanitarian and civic assistance throughout Nghe An Province as part of the Pacific Partnership 2012.

The ship's company contains over 1,200 multi-national members, both servicemen and women and civilians.

A number of pre-planned engagements will be carried out with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious ship Oosumi between July 10th and 24th. They include two engineering, six medical and dental and four veterinary civil action programmes, as well as three biomedical repairs and three subject matter expert engagements.

The Pacific Partnership 2012 team's focus is on Hung Nguyen District in Nghe An, providing medical and dental care at some of the district's primary schools.

The mission also includes a fisheries management symposium jointly hosted by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Viet Nam's Ministry of Agriculture and rural Development.

Additionally, engineers from the USNS Mercy will renovate and construct clinical facilities in Hung Tien and Hung Lam communes, biomedical equipment professionals will repair hospital medical instruments, and veterinarians will administer vaccinations, worming and light surgery to animals in the Hung Tan and Hung Tien communes. — VNS

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