LOS ANGELES (April 4, 2020) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Trevor Aguiar, from Boise, Idaho, treats a patient aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) April 4. Mercy deployed in support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts, and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore base hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense's missions is Defense Support of Civil Authorities. DoD is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, as well as state, local and public health authorities in helping protect the health and safety of the American people. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden)

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Trevor Aguiar treats a patent aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), which is in Los Angeles serving as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patents in support of the nation's response efforts.

U.S. Navy/MC2 Ryan M. Breeden

Admiral John C. Aquilino

Commander

APRA, Guam (April 5, 2020) Vice Adm. Bill Merz, commander, U.S. 7th fleet, addresses Carrier Strike Group Nine warfare commanders on the pier in Naval Base Guam. Merz arrived in Guam to assess and support the ongoing COVID-19 recovery efforts for the crew of Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt is in Guam for a scheduled port visit for resupply and crew rest during their scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kaylianna Genier.)

7th Fleet commander arrives in Guam during COVID-19 recovery

Vice Adm. Bill Merz arrived to support the ongoing recovery effort aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

ANDAMAN SEA (April 2, 2020) The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), front, sails with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Akizuki-class destroyer JS Teruzuki (DD 116) during a cooperative deployment. Gabrielle Giffords, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brenton Poyser/Released)

U.S Navy, JMSDF operate together in Andaman Sea

USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer JS Teruzuki (DD 116) joined up for drills, April 2.

USNS Mercy, USNS Comfort receiving patients in LA, New York City

Department of Defense

The ships are serving as referral hosptials caring for non-COVID-19 patients.

PEARL HARBOR (Sept. 25, 2017) The crest of U.S. Pacific Fleet. (U.S. Navy graphic/Released)

Statement from Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. John Aquilino

"Let there be no doubt, my number one priority is the health of the force."

LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2020) Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly arrives to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) March 31. Modly spoke with leadership and addressed the crew from across the brow during his visit. Mercy deployed in support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts, and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore base hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense's missions is Defense Support of Civil Authorities. DoD is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, as well as state, local and public health authorities in helping protect the health and safety of the American people. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden)

Acting Secretary Modly visits USNS Mercy in Los Angeles

The hospital ship welcomed Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly, March 31, during its support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts.

LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2020) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kimberly Wyss, from Ventura, Calif., dons surgical gloves aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) March 29. Mercy deployed in support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts, and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore base hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense's missions is Defense Support of Civil Authorities. DoD is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, as well as state, local and public health authorities in helping protect the health and safety of the American people. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden)

USNS Mercy accepts first patients in Los Angeles

The U.S. Navy hospital ship is serving as a referral hospital and began accepting patients in Los Angeles, March 29.