SAN DIEGO (May 3, 2012) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departs San Diego for Pacific Partnership 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran)

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is scheduled to arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam May 9 in support of Pacific Partnership 2012.

Throughout the 2012 Pacific Partnership mission, the 894-foot Mercy will serve as a platform from which U.S. and partner nation militaries and non-governmental organizations will coordinate and carry out humanitarian and civic activities in each country.

Pacific Partnership 2012 is led by three different element commanders: Navy Capt. James Morgan, mission commander for Pacific Partnership 2012, and commander of San Diego-based Destroyer Squadron Seven; Navy Capt. Timothy Hinman, commander of the medical treatment facility, who is responsible for the hospital and providing medical care aboard Mercy and ashore; and Capt. Jonathan Olmsted, Mercy's civil service master who has overall responsibility for the ship and the safety of its nearly 1,000 passengers.

"Having participated in Pacific Partnership 2009, I know firsthand what an impact we have on the local populations we visit," said Olmsted. "In building these relationships, we'll have a better understanding of how multiple militaries and civilian organizations can work together to overcome the adversity of a natural disaster."

Pacific Partnership 2012 is a four-and-a-half month humanitarian and civic assistance mission to Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.

For more information about the PP12 mission, please visit the Pacific Partnership Blog or engage with Pacific Partnership on Facebook and Twitter.