Pacific Partnership 2018 Concludes

The 13th annual Pacific Partnership mission concluded June 21 after completing mission stops in Japan and throughout South and Southeast Asia. The annual multilateral, multi-service mission featured partner nation counterparts working together in eight Indo-Pacific nations to improve disaster response preparedness and enhance relationships across the region. “It has truly been an honor to lead the dynamic men and women of Pacific Partnership 18,” said Capt David Bretz, Pacific Partnership 18 mission commander. “This mission is something myself, along with our entire team from Mercy and Brunswick will never forget.…

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USNS Mercy Departs Sri Lanka

Sailors participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) departed Trincomalee aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) May 9, bound for the mission’s fourth port visit in Nha Trang, Vietnam. “We’ve continued to build upon the partnerships we forged during prior Pacific Partnerships,” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander. “The teamwork I saw between the Sri Lankans and all of our partner nations gives me great confidence that as we leave here we are all better prepared to respond to potential disasters.” While in port, Sailors from…

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Pacific Partnership mission kicks off in Micronesia

Pacific Partnership 2018, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness mission, kicked off aboard the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia, March 21. Military personnel from the U.S., United Kingdom, Japan and Australia will conduct medical, dental and veterinary services and engineering projects throughout the community while working side-by-side with local professionals on HA/DR readiness. “We are excited to be working with our friends in Yap and throughout the greater southern region during Brunswick’s first visit,” said Capt.…

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USNS Mercy Delivers Medical Supplies to Ulithi Atoll

USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) made a brief mission stop, March 20, near Ulithi Atoll, part of the Caroline Islands in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). This is the first official engagement of Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18), where Mercy will be sailing near Ulithi Atoll and using helicopters to deliver medical supplies to a advanced echelon team of PP18 medical professionals embarked on USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6), the secondary mission platform. PP18 medical professionals plan to work alongside Ulithi Atoll public health professionals, assisting in treating local citizens at a…

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USNS Brunswick begins Pacific Partnership mission

Sailors participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) departed Guam aboard Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) March 19, bound for the mission’s first stop in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. Pacific Partnership, now in its 13th iteration, is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. PP18’s objective is to enhance regional coordination in areas such as medical readiness and preparedness for man-made and natural disasters. “Pacific Partnership provides opportunities to better prepare and respond to a…

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Pacific Partnership Mission Prepares to Enhance Disaster Response Cooperation, Strengthen Ties in Indo-Asia-Pacific

The U.S. Navy will join allied and partner nation militaries for the 13th Pacific Partnership mission, scheduled to begin Feb 23. This annual maritime operation will help improve disaster response preparedness, resiliency and capacity while enhancing partnerships with participating nations and civilian humanitarian organizations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.  Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral disaster response preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. This year’s mission will be led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31 and staff, embarked on the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) and the expeditionary fast transport ship…

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Pacific Partnership 2018 Planning Conference Concludes

Pacific partnership staff and partner nation representatives met onboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), Jan. 16-19, for the final planning conference leading to Pacific Partnership 2018.  The four-day conference provided a forum for discussion to ensure the host nations and mission staff is aligned in all efforts leading to the upcoming mission.  Pacific Partnership 2018 will be led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31, embarked onboard hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). The Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) will join the mission shortly after Mercy departs…

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