Zamboanga, Republic of the Philippines (May 28, 2006)
U.S. Air Force Major Valerie Clegg evaluates a child as part of a medical assistance mission to Recodo Elementary School. For the next week the Mercy’s crew and non-governmental organizations will be conducting humanitarian work in the local area. Mercy is on a five-month deployment to South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands and the medical crew aboard Mercy will provide general and ophthalmology surgery, basic medical evaluation and treatment, preventive medicine treatment, dental screenings and treatment, optometry screenings, eyewear distribution, public health training and veterinary services as requested by the host nations. Like all U.S. Naval forces Mercy is able to rapidly respond to a range of situations on short notice. Mercy is uniquely capable of supporting medical and humanitarian assistance needs and is configured with special medical equipment and a robust multi-specialized medical team who can provide a range of services ashore as well as aboard the ship. The medical staff is augmented with an assistance crew, many of whom are part of non-governmental organizations that have significant medical capabilities. U.S. Navy photograph by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Troy Latham (Released)