USNS Mercy Hospital Ship ArrivesRelease Date: 2020-03-27
Today the USNS Mercy, the 1000 bed Navy Hospital Ship pictured below, docks in our neighboring Port of Los Angeles. The ship will be a lifeline for local hospitals, including here in Long Beach, freeing up space by serving patients who do not have COVID-19.
The ship left San Diego Monday with more than 800 Navy medical personnel and support staff and more than 70 civil service mariners and we want to welcome them and thank them for being here.
Among them is Commander Edgar San Luis of Long Beach. A special welcome home to Commander San Luis!
The arrival of the Mercy is a great sign of hope, and will help our efforts in this crisis tremendously. Thank you to our federal, state, and local LA partners for making this happen. I especially want to thank LA County Board of Supervisors Chair Kathryn Barger, our own Supervisor Janice Hahn, and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for their amazing work.