DVIDS – News – Navy Religious Medicine Ministry team deploys aboard Mercy to foster partnerships and bolster crew mental health during PP22


The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departed Naval Base San Diego, May 3, launching Pacific Partnership Launch 2022 (PP22).

Now in its 17th year, the Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. The PP22 team will work with host nation counterparts and regional partners to provide tailored medical, dental and veterinary care, conduct bilateral civic engineering actions and exchange information related to disaster response processes and procedures. disaster.

As part of PP22, Mercy and the mission team will conduct missions throughout Oceania and the Western Pacific. Typical Pacific Partnership events include school construction, medical and engineering expert exchanges, and host nation outreach events.

In April, the USNS Mercy Religious Ministry Team (RMT) activated in preparation for deployment in support of PP22.

The RMT will play an important role in preparing warfighters by providing support and care to medical personnel and patients during these PP22 events.
In addition to providing emotional and spiritual support during mission developments and to PP22 personnel, the RMT plays a critical role in mass casualty events. On board, chaplains and RP specialists will participate in mass drills.

The team includes chaplains Cmdr. Christopher Martin and Lt. Jg. Wendy Byh-Jongejan; and Religious Program Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Tomaso and RP2 Evan Andrade.

According to Chaplain Martin, he joined the Navy to support Sailors, Marines and their families.

“My favorite thing about being a chaplain is sharing the journeys of a diverse group of amazing, talented people,” said Martin, a native of Beavercreek, Oregon.

All RMT members are assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command San Diego, and will provide and facilitate the religious needs of Mercy and PP22 personnel in addition to supporting host nation outreach events, key leadership engagements, and training. medical during the various mission stops.

RP2 Andrade is a Religious Program (RP) Specialist and shares an equal enthusiasm to participate in the deployment.

“My favorite thing about being a PR is being at the forefront of care in terms of spiritual and mental health for others who serve alongside me,” said Andrade, a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

According to Andrade, serving in the Navy as a PR means he can reach out to all types of people and help them with their mental health, financial and other personal issues. “Reaching and providing care to those I serve with is most important,” he said.

The website www.navy.com explains that the role of PR specialists is to bring Sailors and Marines together and help support their mental health through faith, whether those service members are religious or not. From suicide prevention to relationship counseling to self-esteem issues, PRs make sure fellow sailors always have someone to talk to and a solution to their problems.

The Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster preparedness mission in the Indo-Pacific. Each year, the mission team works collaboratively with host and partner nations to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase security and stability in the region, and foster new and lasting friendships. in the Indo-Pacific.

Date taken: 05.05.2022
Date posted: 05.05.2022 09:58
Story ID: 420023
Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, USA

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