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    Families Bearing Valentine’s Day Signs Welcome USNS Mercy Home from Deployment

    Families Bearing Valentine's Day Signs Welcome USNS Mercy Home from Deployment

    Cries of joy echoed across a Navy pier in San Monday as the well-known hospital ship Mercy returned from deployment in the Indo-Pacific, where is trying to strike security partnerships with long-standing U.S. allies.

    Many of the ship's 800 crew members streamed into the arms of friends and family at Naval Station North Island as Mercy wrapped up a five-month mission just two days before Valentine's Day.

    Monique Salas of San Diego was holding a sign that read “Will you be my Valentine?” to catch the attention of her boyfriend, Bryan Cruz, an interior communications electrician 2nd class. He found her and gave her a hearty kiss.

    The 894-foot Mercy — which has a distinctive white hull adorned with a huge red cross — had visited the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia.

    The mission was primarily to provide medical care and humanitarian and disaster relief training to the Pacific islands. The Mercy — which has participated in such conflicts as Operation Desert Storm — has so far performed more than 410 surgeries and 12,000 dental procedures during the deployment.

    The Indo-Pacific is a region of growing tension. China has repeatedly threatened to invade Taiwan and has harassed some U.S. warships that have been working to keep international shipping lanes open in the South China Sea.

    The Biden administration has said it will rapidly come to Taiwan's aid if an invasion…

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