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Pacific Partnership 2017 arrives in Da Nang

Released at: 14:45, 09/05/2017

Pacific Partnership 2017 arrives in Da Nang

Photo: The US Embassy

Partnership the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

by Hai Van

The Pacific Partnership 2017 (PP17), the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and aimed at enhancing partnerships with participating nations throughout the region, began a mission in Da Nang on May 8 with the arrival of the US expeditionary fast transport ship US.N.S. Fall River (T-EPF-4).

The Da Nang mission stop marks the fourth consecutive year and the eighth time in eleven years that Pacific Partnership missions have occurred in Vietnam’s cities and provinces.

Personnel from the US, the UK, Australia, and Japan are participating in this year’s events in Da Nang.   

Da Nang collaborated with central government agencies and Pacific Partnership planners to organize the week and a half event with the aim of promoting the comprehensive partnership between the US and Vietnam and collaboration among partner countries.

While in Vietnam, Pacific Partnership personnel will work side-by-side with Vietnamese civilian medical officers, pay a courtesy call on leaders at the Da Nang City People’s Committee, participate in civil engineering projects, and exchange expertise with military medical staff, as well as participate in community projects.

Lt. Cmdr. Greg Dusetzina, the American officer in charge of the Vietnam mission, expects that the multi-national cooperation during the mission stop will continue to build on the progress experienced during previous iterations of Pacific Partnership. “Pacific Partnership includes the traditional humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HA/DR), medical, engineering and community relation projects,” he said. “We are excited to work alongside our partner nations to further develop lasting relationships with mutual trust, critical to maintaining peace and stability in the region.”

In a continuation of the crisis management and response activities from PP16, Pacific Partnership and Vietnamese personnel will conduct an expert exchange at an HA/DR workshop that culminates in a field training exercise. These personnel will also complete renovations at the Hoa Lien Nursery School, the Hoa Hai Medical Clinic, and the Hoa Nhon Community Center. A Seventh Fleet Band will perform at the Dragon Bridge on the Han River, and Pacific Partnership personnel will provide an English-Music Exchange to Phan Chau Trinh High School students.

“Natural disasters don’t recognize borders, so Vietnam, the US, and other Pacific nations must be prepared to respond quickly,” said US Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Ted Osius. “Through the Pacific Partnership, our countries are working and training together so that when disasters strike, we can seamlessly assist those in need. Our collaboration will enhance regional capacity in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.”

Pacific Partnership will continue on to Khanh Hoa following its stop in Da Nang.

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