Pacific Partnership 2017 departed the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang on Thursday after completing ten days of disaster response training, medical and engineering expertise exchanges, cooperative health engagements, and community relations events.
This year marks the fourth consecutive year and the eighth time in eleven years that the mission has visited Vietnam.
“Our time in Da Nang was another fantastic opportunity to continue our cooperation with the people of Vietnam, working together to improve our capability to respond to disaster relief and sharing medical and engineering best practices,” said Captain Stanfield Chien, Pacific Partnership mission commander.
Pacific Partnership and Vietnamese personnel conducted subject matter expertise exchanges during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) workshops that culminated in a field training exercise.
Three separate engineering projects were carried out by Vietnamese service members, U.S. Navy Seabees, and Marine combat engineers at Hoa Lien Nursery School, Hoa Hai Medical Clinic, and Hoa Nhon Community Center.
Pacific Partnership personnel from aboard the Fall River also participated in games and activities at Tuong Lai Specialized School as part of a community relations project.
Around the city of Da Nang, a nine-member component of the U.S. Seventh Fleet Band performed at various schools and gave public performances on Bach Dang Street, the Dragon Bridge over the Han River, and Bien Dong Beach Park.
“Pacific Partnership 17 and the U.S.N.S. Fall River’s visit to Da Nang shows the depth of the U.S.-Vietnamese partnership, particularly its capacity to coordinate regional humanitarian assistance and disaster response,” noted U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius.
“Personnel from the United States and Vietnam worked together to train local medical professionals; build new classrooms for area schools, and build a new multi-function community shelter, highlighting our shared focus on enhancing medical care, education, and disaster preparedness as drivers for sustainable social and economic development.”
The visit by USNS Fall River to Vietnam is in conjunction with the 22nd anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam. Along with other cooperative efforts, the Pacific Partnership deployment underscores the deepening relationship between the United States and Vietnam.