Pacific Partnership 2013 will begin on May 14, 2013 when the USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) deploys from her homeport of San Diego for a four-month deployment in Samoa, Tonga, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The mission will focus on partnership with non-governmental organizations, U.S. government agencies, regional partner nations and host nation counterparts, to strengthen sustainability and cooperative disaster preparedness. During this time, projects that include infrastructure repair, basic first aid, preventative health, women’s health, maintenance of fisheries, and combined animal/public health campaigns will also be conducted with the host nations.
Additionally, Pacific Partnership 2013 will be the first mission where our partner nations lead individual phases. The command staff will cross-deck to partner nation command ships during the last phase of the mission, involving Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati. Nations partnering with the U.S. Navy during this year’s mission include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France, Canada, and Malaysia. Each country has participated in prior Pacific Partnership missions.
Building on the foundation of previous Pacific Partnership missions and demonstrating our commitment to the Oceania region, Pacific Partnership 2013 will help to ensure the international community is better prepared to work together as a coordinated team when disaster strikes.
Addition Information - Pacific Partnership 2013 web site