Stars and Stripes stripes.com 06 Jan, 2021 09:30 am

USNS Mercy won't be deploying for COVID-19 relief anytime soon

USNS Mercy won't be deploying for COVID-19 relief anytime soon
Last week, Los Angeles officials requested that Gov. Gavin Newsom appeal to the federal government to bring the ship and its medical personnel back to the Port of Los Angeles as the region prepares for the anticipated coronavirus surge.

Gavin Newsom appeal to the federal government to bring the ship and its medical personnel back to the Port of Los Angeles as the region prepares for the anticipated coronavirus post-holiday "surge upon a surge.Instead, Newsom and the California Office of Emergency Services have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency and United States Department of Defense to acquire and immediately deploy to additional hospitals in Southern California, medical personnel equivalent to the staff that would have been on the USNS Mercy, and then some, officials said.Newsom has requested 360 military medical personnel, 135 U.When the Mercy was deployed to the Port of Los Angeles in March, it took five days to assemble the supplies, medicines, equipment and medical personnel.

Typically, when the Mercy is dockside in San Diego, there is a civilian mariners crew to run the ship's daily maintenance and a handful of Navy medical personnel who handle medications and equipment to make sure everything is operational should a mission arise.If the Mercy is called for service, reservists and active-duty Naval medical personnel are assembled from locations across the country.

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