HMAS Leeuwin Joins Celebrations for Presidential Inauguration

August 5, 2019 – HMAS Leeuwin arrived in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, ahead of the inauguration of the country’s ninth President, David W Panuelo, on 29 July 2019. The ship provided a setting for a celebratory luncheon honouring President Panuelo, jointly hosted by the Honourable Alex Hawke, MP, Assistant Defence Minister and Minister for International Development and the Pacific and the Honourable Robert Wilkie, United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Both Leeuwin and the United States Coast Guard Cutter Kiska hosted ships’ tours prior to the luncheon, demonstrating the…

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Pacific Partnership Multinational Team Arrives in Micronesia

April 1, 2019 – The multinational crew aboard Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) arrived in the Lower Mortlock Islands March 31 to support local communities’ recovery from the aftermath of Typhoon Wutip as part of the Pacific Partnership 2019 mission to the islands. The Pacific Partnership team, which recently departed the Marshall Islands, expanded the mission with activities in the outlying islands, providing support to the people of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in close coordination with local authorities, the U.S. Embassy and…

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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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Chinese-made aircraft delivered to Pacific Island nation

A Chinese-made Y-12E aircraft was delivered to the Federated States of Micronesia, an island nation on the Western Pacific, on Friday. The aircraft was manufactured by AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Co., Ltd. “It will be used for cargo transport, rescue and medical services in Micronesia,” said Liu Huinan, deputy chief engineer at the company. The purchase order was obtained in 2013, he said. Consisting of more than 600 islands, Micronesia has a stronger demand for air transportation. The short-haul Y-12 series aircraft are used mainly for passenger and cargo…

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Building relations in the Indo-Pacific

HMAS Parramatta has conducted the first of many of her international engagements in support of Indo-Pacific Endeavour, an Australian Defence Force deployment to the region. During the deployment, elements of the Joint Task Group will participate in bilateral and multilateral engagements across the region, to promote security and stability and Australia’s commitment to making effective contributions to humanitarian operations. Parramatta was in the Federated States of Micronesia and Commanding Officer, Commander Simon Howard hosted a luncheon for a number of officials and local dignitaries, including the Lieutenant Governor of the…

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USNS Brunswick Makes First Visit to Pohnpei Federated States of Micronesia

Military Sealift Command’s expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) made its first port visit to Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, Aug. 25-30. Brunswick’s visit was part of a goodwill tour to the area, designed to maintain regional stability in the Western Pacific. While in port, Navy and Marine Corps personnel from U.S. Pacific Fleet, Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, U.S. 3rd Fleet, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commander Task Force (CTF) 33 conducted site surveys for future medical engagements and engineering projects in Oceania. To celebrate friendship and continued…

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