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.