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Pacific Partnership 2023 Concludes Second Stop in Philippines

31 August 2023

From Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific

LA UNION, Philippines - Pacific Partnership concludes its mission stop in San Fernando, August 30, during a closing ceremony hosted by provincial leadership at La Union High School.

LA UNION, Philippines (Aug. 30. 2023) – Service members with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, U.S. Navy, Republic of Korea Cheon Ja Bong (LST-687), Australian Defense Forces students and civilians dance during a concert held at the end of the Pacific Partnership 2023 closing ceremony held at La Union National High School in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines, Aug. 30.  Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kegan E. Kay)
LA UNION, Philippines (Aug. 30. 2023) – Service members with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, U.S. Navy, Republic of Korea Cheon Ja Bong (LST-687), Australian Defense Forces students and civilians dance during a concert held at the end of the Pacific Partnership 2023 closing ceremony held at La Union National High School in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines, Aug. 30. Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kegan E. Kay)
LA UNION, Philippines (Aug. 30. 2023) – Service members with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, U.S. Navy, Republic of Korea Cheon Ja Bong (LST-687), Australian Defense Forces students and civilians dance during a concert held at the end of the Pacific Partnership 2023 closing ceremony held at La Union National High School in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines, Aug. 30.  Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kegan E. Kay)
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LA UNION, Philippines (Aug. 30. 2023) – Service members with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, U.S. Navy, Republic of Korea Cheon Ja Bong (LST-687), Australian Defense Forces students and civilians dance during a concert held at the end of the Pacific Partnership 2023 closing ceremony held at La Union National High School in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines, Aug. 30. Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kegan E. Kay)
Photo By: Kegan E. Kay
VIRIN: 230830-N-OX321-3300


In addition to mission leadership, the City Mayor, Vice Mayor and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff were also in attendance.

The largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific, Pacific Partnership enables participants, including U.S. and Filipino personnel, to work together to enhance disaster response capabilities and foster new and enduring friendships.

LA UNION, Philippines (Aug. 30. 2023) – Capt. Claudine Caluori, Pacific Partnership 2023 mission commander, second from the left, presents Mr. Hermengildo A. Gualberto, San Fernando City Mayor, a medallion, during the Pacific Partnership 2023 closing ceremony held at La Union National High School in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines, Aug. 30.  Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kegan E. Kay)
LA UNION, Philippines (Aug. 30. 2023) – Capt. Claudine Caluori, Pacific Partnership 2023 mission commander, second from the left, presents Mr. Hermengildo A. Gualberto, San Fernando City Mayor, a medallion, during the Pacific Partnership 2023 closing ceremony held at La Union National High School in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines, Aug. 30. Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kegan E. Kay)
LA UNION, Philippines (Aug. 30. 2023) – Capt. Claudine Caluori, Pacific Partnership 2023 mission commander, second from the left, presents Mr. Hermengildo A. Gualberto, San Fernando City Mayor, a medallion, during the Pacific Partnership 2023 closing ceremony held at La Union National High School in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines, Aug. 30.  Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kegan E. Kay)
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LA UNION, Philippines (Aug. 30. 2023) – Capt. Claudine Caluori, Pacific Partnership 2023 mission commander, second from the left, presents Mr. Hermengildo A. Gualberto, San Fernando City Mayor, a medallion, during the Pacific Partnership 2023 closing ceremony held at La Union National High School in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines, Aug. 30. Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kegan E. Kay)
Photo By: Kegan E. Kay
VIRIN: 230830-N-OX321-4269


“Pacific Partnership exchanges create lasting bonds of friendship and trust between the United States, mission partners, and host nations,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Claudine Caluori, mission commander. “With all that was completed here in the Philippines, our accomplishments stand a testament of what can be achieved when multiple countries come together to contribute to regional stability and security through diverse exchanges that foster enduring relationships, trust, and interoperability between nations.”

While in San Fernando, the medical team conducted a total of 45 events. Dental services hosted two symposiums, serving more than 200 patients. Over 140 patients received nutritional counseling. Over a hundred participants received mental health counselling. Staff provided valuable life support training to nearly 150 medical and first responder personnel.

Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Neal performs a tooth extraction on a patient during a Pacific Partnership dental community health engagement in La Union, Philippines.
LA UNION, Philippines (Aug. 24, 2023) Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Neal performs a tooth extraction on a patient with assistance from U.S. Navy, Philippine navy service members and a Philippine nursing student during a Pacific Partnership dental community health engagement at Baraoas Elementary School in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines, Aug. 24, 2023. Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Deirdre Marsac)
Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Neal performs a tooth extraction on a patient during a Pacific Partnership dental community health engagement in La Union, Philippines.
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LA UNION, Philippines (Aug. 24, 2023) Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Neal performs a tooth extraction on a patient with assistance from U.S. Navy, Philippine navy service members and a Philippine nursing student during a Pacific Partnership dental community health engagement at Baraoas Elementary School in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines, Aug. 24, 2023. Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Deirdre Marsac)
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Deirdre Marsac
VIRIN: 230824-N-DK867-1067


The Pacific Partnership team also provided focused support to address critical infrastructure concerns. PP23 engineers constructed a new two-classroom building at Tanquigan Primary School and completed three school renovations from Santiago, Catbangen and Dallangayan Schoolhouses.

“Participating in Pacific Partnership 2023 with the United States has been a source of immense pride for the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” said Lt. Col. Enrico Gil Ileto, Chief of the Public Affairs Office. “This collaboration marks a significant step forward in our journey toward becoming a key pillar for disaster resilience and preparedness.

A sailor bends down as another leans over while they paint a wall white.
Navy Lt. Corinna Dorais, back, and Ensign Erin Rice Anna Rayne paint the outside classroom walls during a beautification project at San Fernando North Central School as part of Pacific Partnership in La Union, Philippines, Aug. 22, 2023. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific.
A sailor bends down as another leans over while they paint a wall white.
Paint Project
Navy Lt. Corinna Dorais, back, and Ensign Erin Rice Anna Rayne paint the outside classroom walls during a beautification project at San Fernando North Central School as part of Pacific Partnership in La Union, Philippines, Aug. 22, 2023. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kegan E. Kay
VIRIN: 230822-N-OX321-2372F


“Through our active involvement and the privilege of hosting diverse training and exercises in Norther Luzon, we have once again demonstrated our sincere commitment to enhancing interoperability with the United States and other partner militaries. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to our esteemed ally, the United States, for affording us this valuable platform to showcase the unwavering solidarity between our two nations. Amid the complex challenges of the present era, we stand united in our dedication to foster regional stability, disaster response readiness, and the well-being of every Filipino and our neighbors,” said Ileto.

Pacific Partnership 2023 will conduct mission stops throughout Southeast Asia and the South Pacific Islands.

LA UNION, Philippines (Aug. 30. 2023) – Service members with the U.S. Navy, Philippine Navy and Republic of Korea Cheon Ja Bong (LST-687), parade the colors during the Pacific Partnership 2023 closing ceremony held at La Union National High School in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines, Aug. 30.  Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kegan E. Kay)
LA UNION, Philippines (Aug. 30. 2023) – Service members with the U.S. Navy, Philippine Navy and Republic of Korea Cheon Ja Bong (LST-687), parade the colors during the Pacific Partnership 2023 closing ceremony held at La Union National High School in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines, Aug. 30. Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kegan E. Kay)
LA UNION, Philippines (Aug. 30. 2023) – Service members with the U.S. Navy, Philippine Navy and Republic of Korea Cheon Ja Bong (LST-687), parade the colors during the Pacific Partnership 2023 closing ceremony held at La Union National High School in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines, Aug. 30.  Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kegan E. Kay)
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LA UNION, Philippines (Aug. 30. 2023) – Service members with the U.S. Navy, Philippine Navy and Republic of Korea Cheon Ja Bong (LST-687), parade the colors during the Pacific Partnership 2023 closing ceremony held at La Union National High School in San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines, Aug. 30. Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kegan E. Kay)
Photo By: Kegan E. Kay
VIRIN: 230830-N-OX321-2040


For more information about Pacific Partnership  visit www.facebook.com/pacificpartnership, www.instagram.com/pacific_partnership/ or https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/C-LGWP. Pacific Partnership public affairs can be reached via email at publicaffairs.pp23@gmail.com.

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