Aloha Medical Mission Seeks Volunteers for USS Peleliu

KALIHI PALAMA (KHNL) - The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Admiral Gary Roughhead, invites the Aloha Medical Mission to join them this summer when they send the USS PELELIU on a humanitarian assistance, civic-action, and medical mission to Asia and the Marshall Islands.  Like the USNS MERCY mission last year, it will be a 3 month goodwill tour to enhance the image of the U.S. as we seek future security cooperation with our Pacific partners.

The PELELIU is a large amphibious assault ship with a flight deck like an aircraft carrier.  It will provide better logistics with its large number of helicopters and landing crafts needed to take supplies and construction equipment ashore for infrastructure building and repairs, and to bring patients aboard.

It has 3 operating rooms, l5 ICU beds and a 200 bed capacity for patients.  All major surgery will be done on the ship.  Our small surgical team has already been assembled, so we are now asking for medical volunteers:  internists, GPs, family practice, infectious disease, preventive medicine, dermatologist, pediatricians and nurses.  The medical team will be sent ashore daily to treat patients, immunize the children, and be involved with nursing and patient education, such as wound care, IV placement, and personal hygiene.

Volunteers can sign up for the entire mission, or to ports of interest to them.  Most stops are for about 2 weeks, but it is possible to do a one week tour.

l.  Cotobato City, Mindanao, Philippines  June l6 to 30.  Embark at Cotobato June l6, debark June 23 or June 29.

2.  Jolo/Tawi Tawi, Sulu Archipelago, June 30 to July l4.  Embark at Cotobato June 29, sail to Jolo June 30. Debark Jolo July 7 or July l3.

Stops after Jolo are subject to change, as the Navy Advance Team is still negotiating with the host country.  If you're interested, call us after April 7th, when the team returns.

3. Da Nang/Hue, Vietnam  July l7 to 3l.

4. Singapore  August 2 to 5, crew liberty and R&R.

5.  Madang, Papua New Guinea, August l2 to 26.

6.  Majuro, Marshall Islands, August 30 to Sept. l3

6.  Arrive at Pearl Harbor Sept. l7th, enroute to San


Food and lodging will be free.  Volunteers only pay their airfare to and from the port of embarkation. Pali Travel can help you with your air arramgements. Security for the volunteers, which was great on the Mercy Mission, will be provided by the military.

You can obtain a mission application from

or request one from the office, 808-847-3400.  Under "Date of Mission" add the debarkation date also.  Please fax it in as soon as possible to AMM:  808-847-3443.  If you have any questions, you can also e-mail or call Mission Coordinator Carl Lum, M.D. at 808-595-6474.