060530-N-3931M-006 Zamboanga, Philippines (May 30, 2006) - U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four Zero (NMCB-40) pour cement into a wheelbarrow for a walkway to a medical building at the Zamboanga Medical Center while the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) Hospital ship USNS Mercy's (T-AH 19) visit to the city on a scheduled humanitarian visit. Mercy is on a five-month deployment to South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. The medical crew aboard Mercy will provide general and ophthalmology surgery, basic medical evaluation and treatment, preventive medicine treatment, dental screenings and treatment, optometry screenings, eyewear distribution, public health training and veterinary services as requested by the host nations. Like all U.S. Naval forces, Mercy is able to rapidly respond to a range of situations on short notice. Mercy is uniquely capable of supporting medical and humanitarian assistance needs and is configured with special medical equipment and a robust multi-specialized medical team who can provide a range of services ashore as well as aboard the ship. The medical staff is augmented with an assistance crew, many of whom are part of non-governmental organizations that have significant medical capabilities. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael R. McCormick (RELEASED

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