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Pacific Partnership 2023 Returns to Fiji

31 October 2023

From Ensign Madison Kwok

Pacific Partnership has returned to Fiji to conduct the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Blue Pacific, Oct. 31.

Returning to Fiji for the second time during the 2023 mission, Pacific Partnership enables participants to work together to enhance disaster response capabilities and foster new and enduring friendships in Fiji. Engagements for this year’s mission are scheduled to take place across Suva, Savusavu and Nadi.

At the invitation of Fiji, Pacific Partnership’s mission is to conduct tailored humanitarian and civic preparedness activities in areas such as engineering, disaster response, public health, and Fijian outreach events. This year’s mission, featuring nearly 1500 personnel, was a joint effort on behalf of Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“Unique to Pacific Partnership 2023, I am eager to announce that Pacific Partnership will make two visits to Fiji over the course of this year’s mission,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Claudine Caluori, mission commander. “We are very grateful that we have been given the opportunity to double our time to build enduring connections with the local Fijian community in support of a free and open Blue-Pacific.”

While in Fiji, Pacific Partnership 2023 will provide tailored medical care focusing on subject-matter exchanges and community education, conduct repairs at a local schoolhouse, and lead emergency preparedness training covering disaster response and humanitarian assistance. Additionally, the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, accompanied by members of the Scots Guard, Royal Australian and Royal Canadian navies, will perform in a variety of community engagements.

“The United States thanks Fiji for the great cooperation and hospitality in hosting Pacific Partnership 2023,” said U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Fiji, Marie C. Damour. “This same strong relationship restored peace and security to the region eighty years ago, and continues to build a prosperous, healthy, and resilient Blue Pacific.”

As part of PP23, the mission team will conduct missions throughout Southeast Asia and the South Pacific Islands.

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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