Australien/USA – Pacific Partnership 2010 – USNS Mercy has arrived in Cambodia

USNS Mercy has arrived in Cambodia, the first time Pacific Partnership has visited the country, to enhance local provision of health and educational services.

(left to right) Lieutenant Scott Klimp, United States Navy, Captain Michael Blunk, United States Army, Sapper Jared Groves, 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment and Electronics Technician 3 Jason Howard at the front of the Goodwill Centre, a school in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment are assisting with the refurbishment of the school grounds in Sihanoukville, Cambodia during Pacific Partnership 2010.
Source: Australian Department of Defence
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The multi-national team, including 22 ADF personnel are working at various sites around Sihanoukville and in more rural areas of Cambodia. Once again Australian medical personnel will conduct surgeries onboard Mercy.

Australia is participating in the annual US-led humanitarian assistance mission. Twenty two ADF personnel have joined USNS Mercy 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 support, and will provide engineering and medical assistance in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea.

Aimed at strengthening international relationships and interoperability for disaster relief throughout South East Asia and Oceania, ADF personnel will be based out of USNS Mercy in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and East Timor. Additionally, RAN assets HMA Ships Labuan and Tarakan will provide assistance with ship to shore movements in some countries.

Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia