Monday, July 20, 2009

Multiple Pacific Partnership Projects Ongoing in Tonga

As the mission team took a break with their hosts this past Sunday at the midway point of the 13-day Pacific Partnership mission Tonga, multiple engineering projects were ahead of schedule, with further medical, dental, and veterinary outreach on tap for the remainder of the visit.

As noted in a weekend update on the Pacific Partnership Facebook Page, the multinational team made up of Tongans, Australians, New Zealanders and Americans, are ahead of schedule on their engineering projects, which include repairs and enhancements at schools, a community center, and a medical clinic.

The Pacific Partnership website provides an overview of the type of work being done at each location during the mission in Tonga. Roof and floor replacements are a couple of examples of the projects designed to increase structural integrity and quality in the various locations.

While the engineers were going about their business through the first week of the Tonga mission, a number of other efforts were underway. For instance, while the multinational medical and dental team was seeing 300 or more patients per day, veterinarians were working with local farmers, the preventive medicine team was teaching food safety courses, biomedical technicians were repairing hospital equipment, and the band and various mission team members took part in community service and outreach activities.

Pacific Partnership is the U.S. Navy’s dedicated humanitarian and civic assistance mission conducted with and through partner nations, non-governmental organizations and other U.S. and international government agencies to execute a variety of humanitarian civic action missions in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.

This year, Pacific Partnership includes stops in five nations in the South Pacific. In addition to Tonga and the first mission stop in Samoa, outreach and assistance is still to follow in the Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, and Kiribati.

Follow the mission on the Pacific Partnership website, which includes links to the mission's numerous social media sites.

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