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Americas Other Hospital Ship, USNS Mercy, Will Not Be Leaving San Francisco for Haiti Anytime Soon

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Yesterday’s news about the massive USNS Mercy Hospital Ship sitting at Pier 70 just off of Potrero Hill involved people around town wondering when and if the biggest hospital ship in the world was going to head out to Haiti tout de suite with a quickness to help her overworked sister ship USNS Comfort.

Today’s news, per Ms. Seal [srsly] of the Military Sealift Command’s Public Affairs Unit in Washington, D.C., is that the Navy is “weighing its options” on what to do next. Which means that the Mercy be staying in San Francisco getting fixed up for a little longer anyway.

As she looked yesterday at San Francisco’s Pier 70:

The original schedule had the Mercy’s routine maintenance work getting done by March 2, 2010, but what will actually happen is up in the air.

Look for this big white former oil tanker the next time you’re in the area – you can’t miss it.

Why is Americas Other Hospital Ship, USNS Mercy, in San Francisco and Not Haiti?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Get up to speed about the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship right here over at Telstar Logistics. Right now, this ship is sitting around in San Francisco as part of a $10,000,000 routine refit from BAE Sytems that got started a week ago.

The Mercy’s sister ship USNS Comfort is in Haitian waters currently with a crew of 1200(!) performing operations, delivering babies, the works.

So, will the Mercy head on out soon?

A massive former oil tanker:

As she looks this dreary afternoon at San Francisco’s Pier 70:

Some are calling for the Mercy to ship out to Haiti right now:

“Yes, I know about the tyranny of distance from San Diego to Port-au-Prince. According to distances.com, it would be a 5,281 mile voyage taking some 11 days.

Yes, I  know the MERCY is presently at a shipyard in San Francisco through the beginning of March.

Yes, I know that it is manpower intensive.  Call-up reservists and guardsmen.  You know how to reach me.  (I would make a great blogger/social media guru aboard MERCY).

Have Project Hope recruit more volunteers!  Recruit personnel from across the inter-agency.  Get our coalition partners involved.  Hire contractors.

Yes, I know it would require a backfill in the Pacific.

Yes, I know it is expensive.  Hold another tele-a-thon.

Yes, it would require lots of supplies.”

People around town are looking into this, so we’ll find out soon enough.

Leaving you with a scene from the Comfort from last week:

100119-N-4995K-187 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 19, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Adam Buzzeo prepares medical equipment during the assessment of a six-year-old Haitian boy brought aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). The boy, who was Comfort’s first patient as part of Operation Unified Response, suffered an injury to his bladder and a hip fracture during an earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan 12. The boy is in the intensive care unit aboard Comfort in stable condition. Comfort is supporting Operation Unified Response, a joint operation providing humanitarian assistance to Haiti. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea Kennedy/Released)