Exercise Pacific Partnership wraps up

The Australian Defence Force will complete Exercise Pacific Partnership 2018 today with the exercise focusing on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) from a health-care perspective.

CAPTIONUSNS Mercy arrives in Yokosuka, Japan, for a Exercise Pacific Partnership port visit on 10 June 2018. US Navy photo.

Commencing on 17 March 2018, the region’s largest multilateral humanitarian-assistance exercise was conducted in the Indo and Asia-Pacific regions where Australians worked alongside military personnel from the United States, Canada, France, United Kingdom, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Peru and Chile.

Commander Australian Contingent Lieutenant Colonel Karen Such said the ADF’s ongoing support to Pacific Partnership 18 was about building cooperation with our regional neighbours.

“Pacific Partnership is a great opportunity to build relationships with partner nations and to get an understanding of the host nations in the Pacific and the challenges they face,” Lieutenant Colonel Such said.

“The ADF team has had a chance to learn from other nations, particularly when preparing for HADR missions that we may need to undertake either independently or as part of a coalition.”

Pacific Partnership 18 involved 21 ADF personnel, including specialist doctors, nurses, dentist, pharmacist and environmental health officer, as well as a gender advisor, command and admin team, and musicians.

ADF personnel were on board United States Naval Ship Mercy and USNS Brunswick for the duration of Pacific Partnership 18, visiting the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand.

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