U.S. Navy Kicks Of Pacific Partnership With Samoa Visit

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USS Pearl Harbor arrives on humanitarian outreach voyage

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, June 1, 2013) – The U.S. Navy ship Pearl Harbor arrived in Apia, Samoa today in support of Pacific Partnership in a planned and coordinated effort with the Government of Samoa, partner nations and NGO relief organizations in the region.

Samoa is the first Pacific Partnership 2013 stop for USS Pearl Harbor and its crew.

"I am proud to be leading a mission where military and civilian professionals will be working side-by-side to make a real difference for the people of our Pacific Island host nations," said U.S. Navy Capt. Wallace Lovely, Commander, Pacific Partnership.

Pacific Partnership participants, including U.S. Navy Sailors stationed aboard Pearl Harbor, will visit select locations around the island of Upolu and Savai’i. This mission underscores the commitment of the United States and Samoa to work together to assist the people of Samoa with this humanitarian outreach.

The San Diego-based ship can support a variety of medical, dental, educational and preventive medicine services. In addition, the ship will deploy with a team of sailors to perform repair and construction projects ashore at medical and community facilities.

U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa David Huebner highlighted the role Pacific Partnership plays in the United States’ extensive engagement in the Pacific, including with Samoa.

"We have partnered with Samoa for many years on health care, education, disaster management, entrepreneurship, and civil society capacity building. As part of that collaboration, I am delighted that Pacific Partnership is coming back to Samoa again this year."

Medical personnel from Samoa will work with their American and international counterparts for the Samoan portion of the deployment, providing focused medical and veterinary awareness to residents.

To date, the Pacific Partnership missions have provided substantial medical care to approximately 230,000 patients, veterinary services to more than 33,000 animals, accomplished more than 140 engineering projects, and enabled critical infrastructure development across all host nations.

This Pacific Partnership deployment is expected to last four months, approximately 10 days of which will be spent in the Samoan islands. Other nations to be visited by the mission include Tonga, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Other international partners assisting with the overall mission include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Japan, and Malaysia. The effort is also being carried out in conjunction non-governmental organizations and in close coordination and partnership with local medical care professionals.

The arrival of USS Pearl Harbor marks the beginning of the eighth Pacific Partnership mission.

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