29 Apr '14, 2am

Pacific Partnership brings new look to multilateral mission

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's ninth multilateral Pacific Partnership mission will include an enhanced role for Japan, and simultaneous seaborne and airborne phases, to improve disaster response preparedness in five Southeast Asia host nations beginning in late May. Directly assisting host nations Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Republic of the Philippines, a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship will serve as this year's primary mission platform, marking the first time Pacific Partnership will be led from a partner nation's ship. A simultaneous airborne phase - also a first for the U.S. Pacific Fleet's annual humanitarian and disaster response-focused mission - will fly assistance into host nations Indonesia and Timor-Leste. "As we saw last November when our Philippine allies were devastated by a typhoon, being able to provide effective humanitarian assistance ...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=80667

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