USNS Mercy Returns to Duty After VectorUSA Retrofit

VectorUSA is proud to have had the opportunity to work on the USNS Mercy and to have played a role in the ship’s ongoing humanitarian missions.

post-usns-mercy-returns-pic-1VectorUSA Project Manager Martin Lind and his crew received rave reviews for their work on the USNS Mercy from the CIO of the ship, the Vigor Marine program manager and the chief engineer of the hospital ship.  VectorUSA was contracted to update infrastructure, electrical and access control systems aboard the ship as part of a $13.4 million dollar project to upgrade the world famous ship. Neil Thornton, CIO for the USNS Mercy, applauded VectorUSA and Lind’s work on the ship. “I would like to give you a quick note that Martin Lind and his crew have exceeded all of our expectations, handling daily crises with poise and diplomacy.  This skill should not be discounted in our environment, where there are at least 10 contractors operating on the vessel.” Thornton went on to say, “I would request that any future work VectorUSA wins for our requirements that Martin be assigned as our project manager.”

The USNS Mercy, a 138 million pound, 900-foot Navy ship that serves as a hospital in disaster relief and humanitarian missions, was in dry dock being serviced at Vigor Industrial on Swan Island in Portland, Oregon. VectorUSA engineers worked on the ship both in Portland and at her home port of San Diego, California.

Mercy is the lead ship in her class of hospital ships operated by the U.S. Navy. The ship has 80 beds in its intensive care wards, 12 operating rooms and a total of 1,000 patient beds. Her medical staff provides comprehensive care that includes emergency surgery, radiology imaging services, laboratory testing services, physical therapy and burn care. Built originally as an oil tanker in 1976, it was converted to a hospital ship in 1984 by San Diego’s National Steel and Shipbuilding Company.

post-usns-mercy-returns-pic-2The Navy commissioned the ship in November 1986 with a mission to provide medical and surgical services to military personnel at sea and ashore. The Mercy’s other mission includes humanitarian relief on behalf of the U.S. government.

The Mercy’s first military mission was serving coalition troops in the First Gulf War. The first disaster relief came in the wake of the 2004 tsunami as Operation Unified Assistance. Her latest was in 2013, when she came to the aid of the Philippines and other nations in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

In 2006, Mercy became part of a larger, ongoing mission: the Pacific Partnership. Every two years since, she heads out to areas in the Pacific where medical care is scarce and hard to come by. Mercy has treated over 400,000 people in the Pacific region since the Pacific Partnership was launched.

In recent years, the ship has traveled to Haiti, Indonesia and the Philippines. In 2014, the Mercy participated in a 22-nation exercise in the Pacific, including collaborative work with China’s hospital ship, the Ark Peace.

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