Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan visits USNS Mercy and Pacific Partnership crew

As if visiting the tropical paradise of Guam isn’t cool enough, USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) was greeted by the Navy Surgeon General, Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, who spoke to the crew about the importance of their service, and the importance of Pacific Partnership 2012. As the U.S. Navy Surgeon General and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Nathan leads a global healthcare network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high-quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries – making his visit a truly special occasion for a humanitarian/civic assistance mission such as Pacific Partnership 2012. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.