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The guided missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) escorts Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 19)

The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) steams through the waters while deployed to the Arabian Gulf.

Aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), medical personnel assess a leg injury during a chemical, biological and radiological mass casualty exercise.

Stretcher bearers move a dirty, or radiological contaminated patient, from a rickshaw stretcher to a bed during a mass casualty exercise.

During a mass casualty drill aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), a casualty receiving crew treats a patient pretending to suffer from a variety of traumatic injuries.

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) prepares to get underway for a one day shakedown cruise prior to deployment to South East Asia.

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) prepares to get underway for a one day shakedown cruise prior to deployment to South East Asia.

he Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) gets underway for a one day shakedown cruise prior to deployment to South East Asia.

Family members wave farewell as the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) gets underway from Naval Base San Diego, Calif., to support Operation Unified Assistance.

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) moored in Pearl Harbor for a brief port visit.

Nick Revuelto, a line handler for Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, helps to get the Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) moored to the pier in Pearl Harbor for a brief port visit.

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) passes the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) enters Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for a brief port visit.

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) moored in Pearl Harbor for a brief port visit.

he Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) moored in Pearl Harbor for a brief port visit.

Donated medical supplies, coordinated by the National Guard, are craned aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during a brief port visit to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Line handlers moor the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, the Honorable Frank Lavin, (center), receives a tour of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Commanding Officer of Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), Capt. David M. Llewellyn gives a tour of the ship to U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, the Honorable Frank Lavin and his guest.

Supplies and medical materials been load onto the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Commanding Officer of Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), Capt. David M. Llewellyn, talks with media onboard Mercy.

Civilian Mariners load cargo onto the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Supplies and medical materials been load onto the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives in Singapore to take on supplies and personnel before transiting to the Indian Ocean in support Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian operation effort.

U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, the Honorable Frank Lavin, departs the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

U.S. Ambassador to Republic of Singapore, the Honorable Frank Lavin, talks with media after a tour of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

A Singaporean man shows his son the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as it transits the Johor Strait that separates Singapore and Malaysia.

High Speed Vessel Two (HSV 2) Swift arrives in Singapore carrying humanitarian aid supplies, including medicine for the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

A forklift offload supplies from the High Speed Vessel Two (HSV 2) Swift in Singapore.

High Speed Vessel Two (HSV 2) Swift arrives in Singapore carrying humanitarian aid supplies.

High Speed Vessel Two (HSV 2) Swift lowers its ramp onto the pier in Singapore.

High Speed Vessel Two (HSV 2) Swift lowers its ramp onto the pier in Singapore.

High Speed Vessel Two (HSV 2) Swift arrives in Singapore carrying humanitarian aid supplies, including medicine for Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

A crew member assigned to the High Speed Vessel Two (HSV 2) Swift throws the first line ashore upon its arrival into Singapore.

A forklift offload supplies from the High Speed Vessel Two (HSV 2) Swift in Singapore.

Members of Mobile Security Squadron Seven (MSS-7) prepare to exit a Rigged Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) while boarding the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy.

Master at Arms Second Class Tyler Kearsley, left, Master at Arms Second Class Nathan Groom, and Master at Arms Second Class Heath Garcia, all members of Mobile Security Squadron Seven (MSS-7), test a Rigged Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB).

Master at Arms Second Class Heath Garcia drives a Rigged Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) from the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy.

Members of Mobile Security Squadron Seven (MSS-7) lower a Rigged Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) from the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy.

Volunteers of the non-governmental organization Project Hope discuss the treatment of a simulated patient during a patient flow drill aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Volunteers of the non-governmental organization Project Hope discuss the treatment of a simulated patient during a patient flow drill aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

A volunteer of the non-governmental organization Project Hope takes the vital sign readings of a patient as he simulates being a non-English speaking patient during a patient flow drill.

Volunteers of the non-governmental organization Project Hope discuss the treatment of a simulated patient during a patient flow drill aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Volunteers of the non-governmental organization Project Hope discuss the treatment of a simulated patient during a patient flow drill aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

A volunteer from the non-governmental organization Project Hope treats a simulated patient during a patient flow drill aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Volunteers of the non-governmental organization Project Hope refer to a simulated patient's medical records during a patient flow drill aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Volunteers of the non-governmental organization Project Hope discuss the treatment of a simulated patient during a patient flow drill aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Volunteers of the non-governmental organization Project Hope discuss the treatment of a simulated patient during a patient flow drill aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives on station near Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) comes alongside the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in the Indian Ocean.

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) navigates alongside USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) after arriving on station near Banda Aceh, Sumamtra, Indonesia.

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) navigates alongside USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) after arriving on station near Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) navigates alongside USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) after arriving on station near Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives on station near Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) comes alongside the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in the Indian Ocean.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) comes alongside the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in the Indian Ocean.

U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, the Honorable Lynn Pascoe, speaks to the crew of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during an official visit.

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) navigates alongside USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) after arriving on station near Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, the Honorable Lynn Pascoe, speaks to the crew of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during an official visit.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) comes alongside the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in the Indian Ocean.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) comes alongside the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in the Indian Ocean.

Journalist 3rd Class Isaac Needleman, foreground, and Photographer's Mate 1st Class Jon Gesch interview Bill Bester aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Dr. David M. Systrom, left, and Department Head of Medical Surgical nursing, Lt. Cmdr. Carma Ericksonhurst, stand in front of other medical professionals during a code blue drill.

Dr. Waichi Wong, of the non-governmental organization Project Hope, uses a defibrillator on a simulated patient during a simulated code blue drill.

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsmen and members of the non-governmental organization Project Hope, stand by as Dr. Waichi Wong, a Project Hope volunteer, defibrillates a simulated patient.

David M. Systrom, Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit of the non-governmental organization Project Hope, debriefs Project Hope volunteers and military members.

Military members and volunteers from the non-governmental organization Project Hope transport a simulated patient to the Intensive Care Unit.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Danielle Dinger resuscitates a mock patient using a bag valve mask.

Lt. Cmdr. Ferrara, center, explains the capabilities of the CATSCAN aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) .

Dr. Robin Nandy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, explains current conditions in Banda Aceh on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, to a group of health care providers.

Cmdr. Karen McDonald, left, and a nurse from the non-governmental organization Project Hope, comfort a young boy suffering from a perforated appendix as they are flown to Mercy in a U.S. military helicopter.

Cmdr. Karen McDonald, left, and a nurse from the non-governmental organization Project Hope, center, escort a young boy suffering from a perforated appendix to a U.S. military helicopter.

Cmdr. Karen McDonald, center, and a nurse from the non-governmental organization Project Hope left, escort a young boy suffering from a perforated appendix to a U.S. military helicopter.

Australian Army Cpl. John Humphries, an environmental health team leader, studies mosquitoes in a laboratory aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Cmdr. Karen McDonald, center, and a nurse from the non-governmental organization Project Hope, comfort a young boy suffering from a perforated appendix.

Cmdr. Karen McDonald, left, and a nurse from the non-governmental organization Project Hope right, escort a young boy suffering from a perforated appendix.

Cmdr. Karen McDonald, left, and a nurse from the non-governmental organization Project Hope, right, escort a young boy suffering from a perforated appendix, and his father, to a U.S. military helicopter.

Dr. Scott Ferris, M.D., of the International Medical Corps (IMC), shakes hands with the father of a young boy suffering from a perforated appendix.

An Indonesian interpreter assists military medical personnel as a new patient is checked-in aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Two medically evacuated Indonesians from Banda Aceh, Sumatra head towards the treatment reception area aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Cmdr. Kurt Hummeldorf, an oral maxillofacial surgeon assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), looks at x-rays of an Indonesian patient an the University Hospital in Banda Aceh, Sumatra Indonesia.

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Odra Roach, right, maintains security as an interpreter speaks with the family member of an Indonesian patient brought aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Indonesian patients are cared for by military and non-governmental organization

Medication is prepared for a patient that was medically evacuated from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

An Australian Army Officer, right, speaks through a translator to a patient on his way to a U.S. military helicopter to be flown to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Odra Roach, left, and Chief Hospital Corpsman Patrick Nordulli, right, hold open the elevator door aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Indonesian patients are evaluated after being brought aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Commander of the Indonesian government disaster relief operation in Banda Aceh, Maj. Gen. Bambang Darmono, talks with an Indonesian patient aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Commander of the Indonesian government disaster relief operation in Banda Aceh, Maj. Gen. Bambang Darmono, talks to a doctor that works in the operating room aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Lt. Robert Senko, an optometrist assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), checks an Indonesian woman for cataracts at the University Hospital in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsmen and members of the non-governmental organization Project Hope, take-in a patient following a medical evacuation.

Hospital Corpsmen aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), prepare to take an elderly Indonesian man down the ship�s elevator.

U.S. Navy personnel assist an Indonesian patient from a U.S. Navy helicopter during his transfer back to University Hospital in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, following treatment aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Cmdr. Karen McDonald, assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), comforts a patient during a medical evacuation.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Efrain Agosto, assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) takes measurements from a patient�s eyes.

Lt. Joyce Yang, assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), removes teeth from an Indonesian woman.

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsmen, assigned to Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit Six (NEPMU-6), and an Indonesian interpreter, assess patients evacuated from Banda Ache, Sumatra Indonesia,

Machinist�s Mate 2nd Class Christopher Atwater, a flight deck crew man aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), carries an elderly Indonesian man to a stretcher.

Cmdr. Kurt Hummeldorf, MD, transports a patient from the University Hospital in Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, to a U.S. Navy helicopter.

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsmen, assigned to Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit Six (NEPMU-6), and an Indonesian interpreter, await the arrival of patients from Banda Ache, Sumatra Indonesia,