Tongan dentist Afa Taulangovaka, left, Royal Australian Air Force Leading Aircraft Woman Kymberley Monck, center, and Cmdr. E.B. Dembinski work together to examine a local Tongan woman during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action project. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter)

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga - Pacific Partnership 2013 concluded its 10-day mission in the Kingdom of Tonga, June 22.

Royal New Zealand Air Force Group Capt. Darryn Webb, Pacific Partnership 2013 deputy mission commander, said the missions preformed at the port were exceptionally successful.

"It went tremendously well. I think there was an enormous level of enthusiasm and desire from everybody involved to make sure we got the job done," said Webb. "I've visited many primary schools and the children don't have much," said Webb. "But that shows you that you don't need much in life and they have a strong sense of community, spirit and family."

While there, the mission treated 5,455 patients, evaluated 3,000 animals, conducted 25 donation events and completed eight engineering construction projects, including renovating schools, restrooms and water catchment systems all in the name of improving the collective ability to provide disaster relief assistance.

Additionally, medical, nursing and dental subject matter experts held conferences to exchange information with Tongan healthcare providers about various aspects of patient care.

"We reached out to a variety of Tongan organizations to share our expertise." Jennifer Villalta, team leader for the University of California, San Diego Pre-Dentistry Society. "We had almost 20 dentists, dental therapists and technicians lecturing about things from basic extractions to forensic dentistry."

One of unique aspects of the Tongan mission was the installation of two water catchment systems designed to mitigate any interruptions in the country's supply of fresh water.

"Purpose of the water systems is to ensure the ability of Tongans to retain water in case the city water goes out, gets interrupted by a natural disaster or is contaminated," said Kaela Mattson, an engineer with the University of California, San Diego. "If you have separate catchment systems that are able to contain a certain amount of water, it increases the likelihood that the community will be able to recover after a natural disaster."

Now in its eighth year, Pacific Partnership originated from the international response to the 2004 tsunami that swept through parts of Southeast Asia.

Working at the invitation of each host nation, Pacific Partnership is joined by partner nations that include Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, Malaysia Singapore, South Korea and New Zealand to strengthen disaster response preparedness around the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Pacific Partnership 2013 non-governmental organization volunteers and U.S. service members demonstrate a water filtration system to villagers at the Atele Primary School in Tonga. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Laurie Dexter)

French Army Marine Caporal-Chef Jasaron Landry, left, and U.S. Navy Builder 2nd Class John Llewellyn renovate a Tongan school during a Pacific Partnership engineering civic action project. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Class Laurie Dexter)

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Petty Officer 2nd Class Takeshima Kana draws pictures with children at a Pacific Partnership health fair in Tonga. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Carlos M. Vazquez II)

U.S. Army veterinarian Capt. David Mcknight releases a cow after an examination at a subject matter expert exchange at Tupou College during Pacific Partnership. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lowell Whitman)

Jo Anne Bennett, a volunteer nurse Project HOPE teaches children about the importance of washing their hands at a Pacific Partnership health fair. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee)

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Mark Little checks a Tongan citizen’s blood pressure at a health fair during Pacific Partnership. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Carlos M. Vazquez II)

Australian Navy Able Seaman Tricia Armstrong and U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Tara Macdonald train a nursing student on proper CPR techniques at the Viola Hospital during a Pacific Partnership nursing conference. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Tim D. Godbee)

The Pacific Fleet Band preforms for students at Atlele Primary School during the Pacific Partnership closing ceremony in Tonga. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Laurie Dexter)