Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Pacific Partnership Mission Reaches Tonga

The Pacific Partnership team, aboard USNS Richard E. Byrd, arrived in Tonga July 13 for the humanitarian and civic assistance mission’s second Oceania stop.

Following an opening ceremony on the island of Lifuka, a number of engineering projects are underway at various locations, including schools, medical clinics and community centers. Medical and dental outreach services will be provided in a number of locations as well.

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.

The mission recently completed its first stop in Samoa, and upcoming nations include Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Solomon Islands.

Follow the mission on the Pacific Partnership website, which includes links to the mission's numerous social media sites. Also, visit the website of mission partner Australia.

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