One of the USA’s hospital ships, the USNS Mercy, capable of supplying 300,000 gallons of fresh water a day and 1,000 beds.

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[We typically deploy a ship to the pacific rim annually](http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/Change-Agent/2013/0514/US-Navy-ship-to-sail-the-Pacific-on-a-humanitarian-mission) – usually a hospital ship, sometimes an amphibious ship (they also have medical facilities, freshwater production capabilities, and they have heavy lift capability from helicopters). They usually visit several ports to provide free dental/health care and perform various small humanitarian aid missions.

We also sent amphibs/Marines to the [Swat Valley in Pakistan](http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129676112) following their disastrous flooding, and of course [recent missions to Haiti](http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3488/Article/78760/marines-launch-amphibious-mission-to-aid-haiti-will-arrive-in-days.aspx).

With regards to Somalia, though, I doubt the ability to keep the crew safe, and avoid having them become another bargaining chip in a country that’s done everything it can to keep outside help out.

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