Vice Adm. Bill Merz arrived to support the ongoing recovery effort aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer JS Teruzuki (DD 116) joined up for drills, April 2.
Department of Defense
The ships are serving as referral hosptials caring for non-COVID-19 patients.
"Let there be no doubt, my number one priority is the health of the force."
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.
Navy Live Blog
The U.S. Navy hospital ship is serving as a referral hospital and began accepting patients in Los Angeles, March 29.