HANOI, August 22, 2023 – Pacific Partnership 2023 concluded its first mission stop in Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen Province, Vietnam on Friday. At the closing ceremony, hosted by Phu Yen leadership, alongside Vice Chairman of Phu Yen Provincial People’s Committee Dao My, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Marc E. Knapper and Pacific Partnership 2023 mission commander U.S. Navy Captain Claudine Caluori extolled the important role of Pacific Partnership in the United States and Vietnam relationship.
“Pacific Partnership is a tangible demonstration of our commitment to security cooperation and people-to-people ties,” said U.S. Ambassador Knapper. “This was demonstrated across Phu Yen over the last two weeks by the engineers, medical professionals, and subject matter experts who have worked closely with their Vietnamese counterparts to connect with the people of Phu Yen and help improve their lives.”
Having returned to Vietnam for the 12th time, Pacific Partnership enables participants, including U.S. and Vietnamese personnel, to work together to enhance disaster response capabilities and foster new and enduring friendships. Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership 2023 is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific.
“[Pacific Partnership] addresses our shared interest in regional peace and security by building our shared capabilities to respond to disasters and provide humanitarian assistance in times of need,” said U.S. Ambassador Knapper.
While in Phu Yen, Pacific Partnership 2023 completed: 120 subject matter expert exchanges in the areas of public health and preventive medicine at community health engagements, 11 dental events, serving more than 500 patients, 93 surgeries, five of which were pediatric, and 64 people received nutritional counseling. We trained 70 personnel over two days of basic life support events and 55 personnel in advanced life support. The culmination of all the medical training was exemplified in a mass casualty training exercise. Over 100 Pacific Partnership and Vietnamese personnel worked side-by-side at Phu Yen Hospital triaging patients from simulated disasters.
Exchanges in engineering, humanitarian and disaster response, and culture actively engaged the community of Phu Yen and highlighted the positive people-to-people ties between the United States and Vietnam.
“The numbers of all that were completed during Pacific Partnership 2023’s week and a half mission stop in Tuy Hoa embodies the mission’s values of enhancing humanitarian response and disaster relief,” said Caluori. “I would like to thank the Government of Vietnam for welcoming my team and look forward to seeing Vietnam’s relationship with the United States prosper for years to come.”
The mission team of Pacific Partnership 2023 will conduct mission stops throughout Southeast Asia and the South Pacific Islands.
Each year, the mission team works collectively with host and partner nations to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase security and stability in the region, and foster new and enduring friendships in the Indo-Pacific.
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