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USNS Mercy to return after 4-month humanitarian mission

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The San Diego based hospital ship USNS Mercy (Photo: Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Dennis C. Cantrell)

SAN DIEGO — The hospital ship USNS Mercy is scheduled to return to San Diego Friday following the 11th annual Pacific Partnership humanitarian mission.

The Mercy and its crew of sailors, medical personnel, engineers and representatives of aid organizations left San Diego in May, and made stops in Timor Leste, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Palau and Indonesia.

The participants provided medical and dental care, helped with building project and worked on disaster response exercises.

The Coronado-based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 accompanied the Mercy.

Pacific Partnership started after the destructive Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.