DILI, Timor-Leste - The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived Aug. 11 in Dili, Timor-Leste, for her final Pacific Partnership 2010 mission port. She is joined in Dili by two Australian heavy landing craft, HMA Ships Labuan (L128) and Tarakan (L129).
While in Dili, Pacific Partnership 2010 will offer a variety of medical and dental civic action programs, community service projects, and shipboard surgeries to the people of Timor-Leste.
“This is Mercy’s last port for the mission and the level of excitement from the newly embarked medical professionals is contagious,” said Pacific Partnership 2010 Mission Commander, Capt. Lisa M. Franchetti. “It’s also wonderful to hear that many Timorese remember Mercy from its previous visits.”
Medical civic action programs in Dili and in the surrounding region will offer basic medical care to the local population.
“We’re also extending the reach of Pacific Partnership 2010 to locations beyond the immediate area of where we anchor,” said Franchetti. “We are sending medical teams to Lautem, Oecussi, Same, Soibada and Suai, for a few days, greatly enhancing the capabilities of their local health care infrastructure.”
Engineering civic action programs in the region will focus on renovation of the Nu Laran School in Dili. The renovations will include concrete repair, re-roofing, and the renovation of six classroom buildings and perimeter fence.
Community service projects are also scheduled throughout Pacific Partnership 2010’s 13-day visit to Timor-Leste, including visits to local schools and orphanages, a field repair to Dili stadium, and a soccer match between Mercy personnel and the Ministry of Youth and Sport.
Pacific Partnership 2010 is the fifth in a series of annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance endeavors aimed at strengthening regional partnerships among U.S. government organizations, host nations, partner nations, and international humanitarian and relief organizations. Mercy has completed the first three Pacific Partnership 2010 mission visits to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia.