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Command Mission 

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Primary Mission

To provide rapid, flexible, and mobile acute medical and surgical services to support Marine Corps Air/Ground Task Forces deployed ashore, Army and Air Force units deployed ashore, and naval amphibious task forces and battle forces afloat.

Secondary Mission

To provide mobile surgical hospital service for use by appropriate U.S. Government agencies in disaster or humanitarian relief or limited humanitarian care incident to these missions or peacetime military operations. These mission statements are accountable to both the Reduced Operating Status (ROS) and Full Operating Status (FOS) military personnel staffed at Naval Medical Center, San Diego until the ship is activated. However, the ROS personnel's immediate and number one priority is to fully activate the ship to a FOS Echelon III Medical Treatment Facility within the prescribed 5-day time frame. In meeting these missions, the ROS personnel perform the following functions:




Serve as the nucleus of the critical core required to execute activations:

  • Develop, test, and maintain systems and procedures to support activation process;
  • Orient and train FOS augmenting staff;
  • Monitor/assess the medical treatment facility's overall ability to fully activate/perform mission.
  • If activation is not successful, it will delay and detract from MERCY's ability to fulfill the above mission statements.
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