Yarat Un from the US embassy, Princess Soma Norodom, Saoyuth Dara, Tharum Bun, me, Sovathpary Bon, Chetra Chap and Khmerbird (Santel Phin) – from left to right
I was supposed to make this blog post in 2012, but I waited till 2015 to do this. Apologies to those who waited. A lot of my friends asked me how I got a chance to ride the chopper and go to the ship, and so this blogpost is only meant to shed light on the reason how I was selected and on the collaborative humanitarian work by eight nations to provide assistance to countries which need help.
The US Embassy wrote to me one morning that they would like to invite some bloggers, and therefore I sent them the list of Cambodian bloggers I knew, except Princess Soma Norodom who was honorably invited by them. USNS Mercy is a hospital ship with 894 feet, and a crew size of + 1,200, (70 civil service mariners, and 1,200 Navy medical personnel).
A group photo before the flight
Okay, I was getting ready for the flight.
Yes, I got ready fast.
He helped us put on our helmet and got us ready for the flight. We took off near the airport.
Brother Tharum and I
Princess Soma Norodom and I
Happy Dara Saoyuth on the Helicopter flight
Chetra and Thary were always ready to shoot (photos)
We got on the one on the right.
It took me a day for my ears to recover from the helicopter noise.
Its beautiful from above.
Say cheese… The officers accompanied us all the way from Phnom Penh to Sihanouk and to Koh Kong.
The view we had minutes after we were above Phnom Penh
A group photo inside USNS Mercy
The officer provided us a lot of information about USNS Mercy Ship.
A small patient inside USNS Mercy
He didn’t look afraid and was awarded a medal for his courage. =)
His wife did an eye surgery on the ship. Medical staff said that they only did minor or mildly serious surgeries.
Facilities inside the USNS Mercy
Facilities inside the ship
We had lunch together inside the USNS Mercy after a tour around
I made friends with Megan who came with the USNS Mercy Ship
Another group photo inside the USNS Mercy
Princess Soma and her new friends inside the USNS Mercy. Everywhere she goes, people love taking pictures with her. =D
We were given a tour around the ship and the ship captain was giving some bits of how the ship travels.
I forgot his name, but usually names can be seen from the uniform.
The view we had after we reached Koh Kong from Sihanouk Ville where the ship was docked.
Villagers getting checked by a few American medical personnel before proceeding to the treatment room
The officers preparing medical supplies in Koh Kong
I could faint at the sight of these.
Villagers lining up for medical services provided by the USNS Mercy’s medical staff members
Medical members tending to the boy’s teeth
the medical doctor and the translator talking to the mother and daughter
We flew from Phnom Penh to Sihanouk where the ship was docked. Later on, we were flown to Koh Kong where the medical site was set up to give medical services to villagers.
The lovely view of the deck from inside USNS Mercy
Invited bloggers for the visit to USNS Mercy:
Norodom Soma: https://somanorodom.wordpress.com
Bun Tharum: http://tharum.com/blog
Bon Sovathary: http://duckorino.
Chap Chetra: http://khmerscholar.com
Phin Santel: http://khmerbird.com
Dara Saoyuth: http://saoyuth.wordpress.com