Photos byMCCGreg Badger, Pacific Partnership 2014
Pacific Partnership began as a humanitarian response to one of the worlds most catastrophic natural disasters, the 2004 tsunami that devastated parts of Southeast Asia. Known at the time as Operation Unified Assistance, the U.S. governments swift response to the needs of the region resulted in extraordinary humanitarian aid.
Building on the success and goodwill this operation generated in the region, U.S. Pacific Fleet sent the hospital ship USNS Mercy back to the region for five months in 2006. One year later, U.S. Pacific Fleet prepared another humanitarian and civic assistance deployment, designed to strengthen multilateral relationships with regional friends, partners and allies, and to maintain and enhance regional security and stability. This mission was called Pacific Partnership.
As in previous years, a primary objective of Pacific Partnership is to enable participants to learn how to interoperate. This year, the mission will be conducted in separate seaborne and airborne phases. Mission leadership includes officers from Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. This year, a special emphasis will be placed on knowledge transfer. Every medical, dental, veterinary and engineering project will be conducted side-by-side with the host nations, ensuring that the missions impact will continue long after its conclusion. Pacific Partnership 2014 continues to build on the lessons learned in previous missions, improving the relationships between nations and organizations committed to a common goal: the stability and security of the Pacific region.
Pacific Partnership 2014 is in its ninth iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Asia-Pacific region.
EO3 Eduardo Ellorin (left) and SWCN Cory Migneault place mortar in the gap of a brick wall during a Pacific Partnership engineering project at San Fernando School, Tacloban, Philippines.
BU3 Gabriel Murgaaltan (right) and a member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines work together during a Pacific Partnership engineering project at San Fernando School, Tacloban, Philippines.
SWCN Joshua Kopit assemble steel reinforcement bars for a Pacific Partnership engineering project at San Fernando School, Tacloban, Philippines.
BU3 Matthew Spence shovels sand onto the sifter run by Philippine Navy Equipment Operator Seaman 2nd Class Johnson Ramales in Tacloban, Philippines. This Pacific Partnership engineering project is for a Tacloban City Hospital outpatient maternity clinic.