Monday, February 28, 2011

Taft Middle School Students Tour the USNS Mercy

Taft Middle School students recently toured the USNS MERCY (T-AH 19), stationed at the San Diego Naval Base.

The ship’s primary mission is to provide mobile hospital services for disaster relief or humanitarian civic assistance, as well as medical support in time of war. Retired Navy veteran and school counselor Don Samuels and science teacher Linda Miller both accompanied the students, who were allowed access to a medical ward, operating room and the medical flight deck.

The visit to the USNS MERCY was part of the school’s Life Skills and Science program. While onboard, students interacted with both medical staff and the ship’s crew. Not only were they exposed to a state of the art "floating hospital," they were also made aware of possible military careers in Naval medicine. For more information, contact Principal Mike George at (858) 496-8245.

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