Port of Los Angeles
The USNS Mercy arrived today at the Port of Los Angeles. It departed from the San Diego Naval Station on Monday with 800 Navy medical personnel and support staff and more than 70 civil service mariners. It entered into the Port of Los Angeles this morning at about 8:15 a.m.
The role of the US Navy Ship, formerly an oil tanker, is to serve as a 1000 bed hospital ship to support and help ease the burden of our emergency rooms and ICUs in our local hospitals in the wake of the Coronavirus.
The ship’s medical crew includes Commander Edgar San Luis, of Long Beach who said, “It feels like I’m coming back home. It brings me great joy to be a part of something of this magnitude, to help the city of Los Angeles. Being born and raised, in Los Angeles it brings it closer to home for me to serve the population of LA.”