Australia’s involvement in the Pacific region is being bolstered with participation in the annual US-led humanitarian assistance mission Pacific Partnership 2010 (PP10).
|USNS Mercy at Guam, home to the Australian contingent for the next few months during Pacific Partnership.
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Initially, twenty two Australian Defence Force (ADF) members will join the United States Navy Ship (USNS) Mercy in Guam as the first of three separate Australian contingents to rotate through the region over the next three months.
The PP10 mission marks the fifth year of Australian participation, and will provide engineering and medical assistance in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea.
PP10 is aimed at strengthening international relationships and interoperability for disaster relief throughout South East Asia and Oceania. A total of approximately 70 ADF personnel will be based out of USNS Mercy in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and East Timor during PP10. Additionally, RAN assets HMA Ships Labuan and Tarakan will provide assistance with ship to shore movements in some countries.
Lieutenant General Mark Evans, Chief of Joint Operations, said the support the ADF is providing to this year’s Pacific Partnership was an important example of regional engagement.
“It really demonstrates the government’s commitment to our region and the ADF’s focus on interoperability with our neighbours,” added LTGEN Evans.
PP10 has been held annually by US Pacific Fleet since the devastating effects of the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004.
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