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The USNS Mercy’s primary mission is 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. Secondarily, she provides mobile surgical hospital service for use by appropriate US Government agencies in disaster or humanitarian relief or limited humanitarian care incident to these missions or peacetime military operations. USNS Mercy, homeported in San Diego, is normally in reduced operating status. Her crew remains a part of the staff of Naval Medical Center San Diego until ordered to sea, at which time they have five days to fully activate the ship to a NATO Role III Medical Treatment Facility, the highest only to shore based fixed facilities outside of the theater of operations. Like most "USNS" Ships, Mariners from the US Navy's Military Sealift Command are responsible for navigation, propulsion, and most deck duties on board. Mercy is, as of 2012, part of MSC's Service Support Program. However, the "Medical Treatment Facility", or hospital on the ship, is commanded by a Captain of the Navy Medical Corps or Navy Nurse Corps. Architecture Building Exterior Built Structure Commercial Dock Day Freight Transportation Harbor Hospital Ship, USNS Mercy, Mercy, Relief, Disaster, Military, Red Cross, US Navy, San Diego, California, Port, Harbor, Bay, Industry Nature Nautical Vessel No People Outdoors Sea Ship Shipping  Shipyard Sky Transportation Water Waterfront