By Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
"Earlier this month FORCM Boss and I wrapped up a trip to Hawaii to see many of our medical forces on the island of Oahu. What an honor it was to get out and meet with those of you serving in the Fleet and Force at Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Naval Health Clinic Hawaii and onboard our hospital ship, USNS MERCY. Your unwavering commitment, dedication, and professionalism never cease to impress us. MERCY is in Hawaii participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise. This is the first time in history that one of our hospital ships is engaged in RIMPAC, the world’s largest multinational maritime exercise."