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Pacific Partnership 2017 kicks off in Da Nang | Vietnam News Gazette

Pacific Partnership 2017 kicks off in Da Nang

Pacific Partnership 2017 (PP17) began a mission in Da Nang city on Tuesday with the arrival of the US expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4). Personnel from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Japan are participating in the 10-day event.

The Da Nang mission stop marks the 4th consecutive year and the 8th time in 11 years that Pacific Partnership missions have occurred in Vietnam's provinces and cities. The event, which includes the traditional humanitarian aid and disaster relief, medical, engineering and community relation projects, is aimed at promoting the comprehensive partnership between the US and Vietnam and collaboration among partner countries. Pacific Partnership personnel will work side-by-side with Vietnamese civilian medical officers, pay a courtesy call to leaders of the Da Nang People's Committee, participate in civil engineering projects and exchange expertise with military medical staff, as well as participate in community projects. US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius said natural disasters don't recognize borders, so Vietnam, the US and other Pacific nations must be prepared to respond quickly. Through Pacific Partnership, the countries are working and training together so that when disasters strike, they can seamlessly assist those in need, he said, adding that the countries' collaboration will enhance regional capacity in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Pacific Partnership will continue on to Khanh Hoa province following its stop in Da Nang.

Source: VOV5