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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US, Thailand Continues to Expand Partnership with 24th CARAT Exercise

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and Royal Thai Navy began the 24th iteration of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series in Pattaya, Thailand, June 14. The multi-nation exercise series is organized in bilateral phases with regional nations and is designed to enhance capabilities in a broad spectrum of naval operations. The exercise series features cooperative evolutions that highlight the ability of partner nations to work together towards the common goal of ensuring a free, open, and stable Indo-Pacific maritime security environment. “Twenty-four years of engagement through…

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Brunswick arrives in Malaysia for Pacific Partnership

Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) aboard Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) made their third stop of the mission in Tawau, April 21. 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. “The Pacific Partnership team is very excited to begin the mission in Tawau,” said Capt. Peter Olive, Pacific Partnership…

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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 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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USNS Mercy Arrives in Guam During Pacific Partnership 2018

USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived at Apra Harbor March 17, while en route for Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18). The port stop at Apra Harbor will continue through March 19 and see personnel conducting mission preparations, conducting routine maintenance, loading additional supplies onto the ship, and linking up with mission personnel from the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6), the second U.S. ship participating in PP18. “I’m excited to meet up with the USNS Brunswick and get her fully manned and mission ready” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander. “We are…

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Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship to be replaced for 2018 Pacific Partnership Mission

USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) will be replaced by USNS Brunswick as the secondary mission platform for the 2018 Pacific Partnership mission due to emerging maintenance requirements. The replacement of ships comes after a pre-deployment inspection on USNS Fall River revealed a need for additional maintenance and repairs. The maintenance for Fall River will exceed the time required for Pacific Partnership personnel to arrive at their initial mission stops. Fall River and Brunswick are both spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ships. The ship replacement will not impact the Pacific Partnership mission. …

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USNS Brunswick Visits Malaysia

USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) concluded a port visit to Lumut, Malaysia, Jan 12. The crew members had the opportunity to experience the country’s culture while strengthening ties with the local population. Port visits such as these serve as an important element in the U.S. Navy’s theater security cooperation efforts by enhancing solid relationships with partner nations throughout the region. The port of Lumut’s unique capabilities in supporting expeditionary maintenance for deployed assets including the littoral combat ship (LCS) continues to be vital for the U.S. Navy in regional security and…

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Ninth Expeditionary Fast Transport Latest Arrival in Highly-Adaptable Ship Class

Later this month USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) will join the fleet as part of a class of ships that is quickly becoming recognized as adaptable and innovative. As the world’s oceans become more heavily trafficked and more contested, this adaptability and innovation will be meeting our Navy’s future requirements and missions. USNS City of Bismarck will be the ninth of 12 Expeditionary Fast Transports (EPF). As one of the Navy’s newest ship classes, the non-combatant EPFs provide warfighters with a ship that can be configured and reconfigured to…

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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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