More than 500 military and civilian personnel from nearly a dozen countries are participating in 14th Pacific Partnership Mission, an exercise designed to train armed forces in coordinating disaster response as well as to strengthen ties in Indo-Pacific.
Participating countries include Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The U.S. Navy leads the alliance with partner nation forces for the mission, which began March 4.
“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-Pacific,” according to a press release from Joint Region Marianas.
Pacific Partnership is the largest annual, multilateral disaster response
preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific.
This year’s mission will be led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron 1, embarked in the expeditionary and transport ships USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) and USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4).
“Pacific Partnership is about building trust and sharing knowledge,” said Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander, Task Force 73, the executive agent for Pacific Partnership 2019. “This mission shows that the U.S., our partners and hosts are working together to making this region better prepared for disaster response.”
Experts in the fields of engineering, medicine and disaster response will partner with each host country to conduct civic-action projects, community health exchanges, medical symposiums and disaster response training activities.
Engagements between Pacific Partnership participants and host nations are intended to improve capacity, enhance regional partnerships and increase multilateral cooperation for disaster preparedness.
“Pacific Partnership brings nations together to prepare in calm to respond in crisis,” said Capt. Randy Van Rossum, commodore, Destroyer Squadron 1, the mission commander for Pacific Partnership 2019. “Our mission team, made up of servicemembers and volunteers from around the world, reflects this enduring commitment to the region.”