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USNS Mercy Leaving LA After Treating 77 Patients

The USNS Mercy, a 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship sent to Los Angeles to help take pressure off hospitals — which officials predicted would be overrun by novel coronavirus patients — is departing on Friday after treating just 77 patients.

The hospital ship USNS Mercy departs Naval Base San Diego in support of Pacific Partnership 2018, Feb. 23, 2018. Pacific Partnership, now in its 13th iteration, is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelsey …