14 Apr '18, 9pm

World's largest hospital ship comes to town

The world's largest hospital ship, the USNS Mercy, docked in Singapore on Friday. The US Navy hospital ship has 1,000 beds for patients, is as tall as a 10-storey building and as long as three football fields. It is moored at Changi Naval Base for a supply stop as it goes on a humanitarian mission in the region. The 70,000-ton ship first came to this region to render aid when a tsunami devastated parts of South and South-east Asia in December 2004. Since then, the ship, whose home port is San Diego, has been making annual trips to the region to work with countries to better prepare for potential humanitarian aid and disaster response situations. It left Indonesia last Tuesday and made a pit stop in Singapore to load up on food, medical supplies and other logistical equipment before heading for Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam under the 13th Pacific Partnership mission. Capt...

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