LOS ANGELES, Calif. (March 27, 2020) – Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives in Los Angeles, March 27. 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 (FEMA), 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 video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Natalie M. Byers)
Source: U.S. Navy (video statements)