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SAN DIEGO (Sept. 15, 2008) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Maria Collins-Alcala kisses her six-year old son during the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy's (T-AH 19) homecoming at Naval Station San Diego. Mercy concluded a four-month deployment where the crew participated in Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy M. Starr (Released)


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SAN DIEGO (Sept. 25, 2008) Electronic's Technician 2nd Class Jose Angel Alcala holds his six-year old son in front of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as the ship pulls into Naval Station San Diego during its Homecoming. Mercy concluded its four-month deployment where the crew participated in Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy M. Starr (Released)

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SAN DIEGO (Sept. 25, 2008) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19)approaches the pier at Naval Base San Diego concluding a 4-month Pacific Partnership 2008 deployment to Southeast Asia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jon Husman (Released)

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USNS Mercy T-AH 19's Team Canada poster

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USNS Mercy T-AH 19's Veterinarian Civic Action Program/Papua New Guinea poster

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USNS Mercy T-AH 19's Landscape of Micronesia poster

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PEARL HARBOR (Sept. 15, 2008) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) passes the USS Arizona Memorial as she makes her way into Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Mercy arrived in Pearl Harbor after concluding her Pacific Partnership 2008 deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael A. Lantron (Released)

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SAN DIEGO (Sept. 15, 2008) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives at Naval Station San Diego after a four-month deployment participating in Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy M. Starr (Released)

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USNS Mercy T-AH 19's Partner Nations/Timor-Leste poster

USNS Mercy T-AH 19's visit to Vietnam poster


USNS Mercy T-AH 19's visit to Timor-Leste poster

USNS Mercy T-AH 19's visit to Republic of the Philipines poster


USNS Mercy T-AH 19's visit to Papua New Guinea poster
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia, (Sept. 1, 2008) Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 Detachment Officer-in-Charge Lt. Lars Herman dances with the locals during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Messa Elementary School. Seabees assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 and NMCB (NMCB) 133, volunteers from the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), Indian Army Engineers, Chuuk State Department of Education and Fefen community volunteers came together to renovate the Messa elementary school as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 31, 2008) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is anchored off the coast of Weno Island, supporting Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership in support of and in cooperation with the government of the Federated States of Micronesia, partner nations including representatives from India and Canada and many non-governmental organizations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia, (Sept. 1, 2008) Chief Equipment Operator James Brock offers a piece of candy to a local child at the Messa Elementary School. Seabees assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, volunteers from the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), Indian Army Engineers, Chuuk State Department of Education and Fefen community volunteers came together to renovate the Messa Elementary School as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Sept. 1, 2008)— Steelworker 2nd Class Raquel Miranda shares a laugh with local children during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Messa elementary school. Seabees assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, volunteers from the Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), Indian Army Engineers, Chuuk State Department of Education and Fefen community volunteers came together to renovate the Messa elementary school as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Sept. 1, 2008)— Chuuk State Gov. Wesley Simina gives a speech of appreciation to the members of the Pacific Partnership team during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Messa elementary school. Seabees assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, volunteers from the Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), Indian Army Engineers, Chuuk State Department of Education and Fefen community volunteers came together to renovate the Messa elementary school as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 31, 2008) Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 3rd Class Jack Delbridge, from Atlanta, Ga., repels from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Combat Squadron (HCS) 21 during Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership in support of and in cooperation with the government of the Federated States of Micronesia, partner nations including representatives from India and Canada and many non-governmental organizations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (August 23, 2008) –Vice Adm. John M. Bird Commander, 7th Fleet visits Messa Elementary school during a Pacific Partnership engineering civic action program on Fefen Island. Pacific Partnership’s team of construction men and women has assisted six different countries, renovating schools, hospitals and medical clinics. Pacific Partnership assists the government the Federated States of Micronesia in providing local communities with various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) James Seward. (CPF RELEASED)

CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 23, 2008) Vice Adm. John M. Bird, commander, 7th Fleet, speaks to a Project Hope doctor at Iras Elementary School during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program on Weno Island. The Pacific Partnership team assisted more than 500 patients providing medical, dental, and optometry services. Pacific Partnership in support of and in cooperation with the government of the Federated States of Micronesia, partner nations including representatives from India and Canada and many non-governmental organizations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Seward/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia – Commander, Seventh Fleet Vice Adm. John Bird (right) talks to Information Technician Seaman Adrian Broadnax on board USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during its Pacific Partnership farewell recption in Micronesia. Pacific Partnership a 4-month humanitarian assistance deployment to Southeast Asia is at its final stop in the Federated States of Micronesia. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Joseph Seavey. (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 31, 2008) Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class Travis Nelson, assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HCS) 21, looks out over the water of Micronesia while flying in a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter during a Pacific Partnership 2008 mission. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative partnerships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton (Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 31, 2008) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HCS) 21, flies over the waters of Micronesia during Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership in support of and in cooperation with the government of the Federated States of Micronesia, partner nations including representatives from India and Canada and many non-governmental organizations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia – Commander, Seventh Fleet Vice Adm. John Bird (left) talks to Indian Navy doctors on board USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during the Pacific Partnership farewell reception in Micronesia. Pacific Partnership a 4-month humanitarian assistance deployment to Southeast Asia is at its final stop in the Federated States of Micronesia. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Joseph Seavey. (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia – Commander, Seventh Fleet Vice Adm. John Bird gives a speech on board USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during the Pacific Partnership farewell reception in Micronesia. Pacific Partnership a 4-month humanitarian assistance deployment to Southeast Asia is at its final stop in the Federated States of Micronesia. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Joseph Seavey. (RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia, (Aug. 31, 2008) From left, Capt. William Kearns, Pacific Partnership Mission commander; Capt. James Rice, commanding officer of the military treatment facility aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19); Vice Adm. John Bird, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet; Chuuk State Governor Wesley Simina; and Capt. Robert Wiley, commanding officer of Mercy, pose during a cake cutting ceremony aboard Mercy during its farewell reception in Micronesia. Pacific Partnership a four-month humanitarian assistance deployment to Southeast Asia is at its final stop in the Federated States of Micronesia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Seavey/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 31, 2008) Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 3rd Class Jack Delbridge, from Atlanta, Ga., repels from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter while flying over the waters of Micronesia during Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission intended to build collaborative partnerships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia, (Aug. 31, 2008) Vice Adm. John M. Bird, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, speaks to the construction site managers at Messa Elementary school during a Pacific Partnership engineering civic action program on Fefen Island. The Pacific Partnership team of construction men and women has assisted six different countries, renovating schools, hospitals and medical clinics. Pacific Partnership assists the government the Federated States of Micronesia in providing local communities with various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Seward/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Sept. 1, 2008)— Pacific Partnership Mission Commander Capt. William Kearns, Chief Equipment Operator (SCW) James Brock, left, Chuuk State Governor Wesley Simina, center, and Fefen Mayor Orion Otoka perform a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Messa elementary school. Seabees assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, volunteers from the Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), Indian Army Engineers, Chuuk State Department of Education and Fefen community volunteers come together to renovate the Messa elementary school as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia, (Aug. 30th, 2008) –Vice Admiral John Bird, Commander 7th Fleet, speaks during an interview at a Medical Civil Action Program held on Udot island in Chuuk state. Pacific Partnership is a humanitarian civic assistance mission that continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and the host nations, demonstrating continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 30, 2008) Vice Adm. John Bird, commander, 7th Fleet, is welcomed at Chuuk International Airport by Governor Wesley Simina during Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership 2008 is in support of and in cooperation with the government of the Federated States of Micronesia, partner nations including representatives from India and Canada and many non-governmental organizations. (U.S. Navy photo By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Martin/Released)aaaaa
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia, (Aug. 31, 2008) Vice Adm. John M. Bird, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, and Chief Musician Jay Loose watch the Pacific Fleet Navy Band perform at Sappore Elementary School during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program on Fefen Island. The Pacific Partnership team assisted more than 500 patients providing medical, dental and optometry services. Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Federated States of Micronesia in providing local communities with various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Seward/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 30th, 2008) –Vice Admiral John Bird, Commander 7th Fleet, arrives onboard the USNS Mercy (T AH-19) during a visit to the Chuuk islands for Pacific Partnership. Pacific Partnership is a humanitarian civic assistance mission that continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and the host nations, demonstrating continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 30, 2008) Vice Admiral John Bird, commander, 7th Fleet, speaks with Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Ashley Moon at a medical civil action program on Udot Island during Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership in support of and in cooperation with the government of the Federated States of Micronesia, partner nations including representatives from India and Canada and many non-governmental organizations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Martin/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 30, 2008) Vice Admiral John Bird, commander 7th Fleet, receives a gift from a village official on Udot Island during Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership in support of and in cooperation with the government of the Federated States of Micronesia, partner nations including representatives from India and Canada and many non-governmental organizations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Martin/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia – Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Danny Hayes of San Diego, Calif. and Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Derek Sanchez of Albuquerque, N.M. pass out crayons, coloring books, Frisbees and soccer balls as part of a community relations project on the island of Udot for Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership a 4-month humanitarian assistance deployment to Southeast Asia is at its final stop in the Federated States of Micronesia. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Joseph Seavey. (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 29, 2008) Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Danny Hayes, right, from San Diego, Calif., and Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek Sanchez, from Albuquerque, N.M., pass out crayons, coloring books, Frisbees and soccer balls as part of a community relations project on Udot Island of for Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership in support of and in cooperation with the government of the Federated States of Micronesia, partner nations including representatives from India and Canada and many non-governmental organizations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Seavey/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (30 Aug 2008) – Vice Adm. John Bird, Commander Seventh Fleet, lands at Chuuk International airport to visit the Pacific Partnership team. Standing by to welcome is arrival are Governor of Chuuk, Governor Wesley Simina, center, and Capt William Kearns, Pacific Partnership Mission Commander. Pacific Partnership 2008 is in support of and in cooperation with the government of the Federated States of Micronesia, partner nations including representatives from India and Canada and the many non governmental organizations. U.S. Navy Photo By Mass Communications Specialist Third Class Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED)
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YAP, Federated States of Micronesia – Three Yapese children hold up a sign directing fellow residents to the Pacific Partnership 2008 medical civic action program (MEDCAP) held in Gargey Village in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Twenty-six medical personnel conducted the MEDCAP with volunteers from the Yap Department of Health and Yap State Hospital. Pacific Partnership 2008 is a humanitarian mission dedicated to providing medical and dental assistance programs in cooperation with host nations throughout the Asian Pacific region. FSM is the final country of the four-month humanitarian mission intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) A. Nick De La Cruz (CPF RELEASED)
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YAP, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 28, 2008) Air Force Senior Airman Allison P. Stevens, right, assists Lt. Cmdr. Ron Citro with an oral examination of a Yapese boy during a Pacific Partnership 2008 medical civic action program (MEDCAP) in Gargey Village. Stevens and Citro are part of a 26-personnel advanced medical detachment team conducting MEDCAPs and repairing medical equipment in Yap as part of Pacific Partnership 2008, a humanitarian mission dedicated to providing medical and dental assistance programs in cooperation with host nations throughout the Asian Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class A. Nick De La Cruz/Released)
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YAP, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 28, 2008) Sammy M. Baho, right, a University of California in San Diego pre-dental student, assists Lt. Cmdr. Ralph Raya with a tooth extraction from a Yapese woman during a Pacific Partnership 2008 medical civic action program (MEDCAP) in Gargey Village. Baho and Raya are part of a 26-personnel advanced medical detachment team conducting MEDCAPs and repairing medical equipment in Yap as part of Pacific Partnership 2008, a humanitarian mission dedicated to providing medical and dental assistance programs in cooperation with host nations throughout the Asian Pacific region. Pacific Partnership 2008 is a four-month humanitarian mission intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class A. Nick De La Cruz/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 28, 2008) Rear Adm. Christine S. Hunter, commander, Navy Medicine West, greets a local Micronesian woman during her visit to a medical civic action program as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership is assisting the Federated States of Micronesia in providing local communities with various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Mitchell/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 28, 2008) Rear Adm. Christine S. Hunter, commander, Navy Medicine West, greets Musician 3rd Class Luke Cox, assigned to the Pacific Fleet Band, after a musical performance during her visit to a medical civic action program as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership is assisting the Federated States of Micronesia in providing local communities with various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Mitchell/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia, (Aug. 28, 2008) Rear Adm. Christine S. Hunter, commander, Navy Medicine West, right, and Capt. James P. Rice, center, commander, Medical Treatment Facility aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), observe dental procedures by Mercy staff members during her visit to a Pacific Partnership Medical Civic Action Program. Pacific Partnership assists the Federated States of Micronesia in providing local communities with various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Mitchell/Released)
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CHUUK STATE, Federated States of Micronesia (August 24, 2008) – Children from the island Etten, in Chuuk Lagoon, pose for a photograph in historic Japanese ruins, destroyed during the U.S. air raid “Operation Hailstone” in 1944. USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) will operate in FSM to perform humanitarian civic assistance missions in an effort to build the relationship between FSM and the United States. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK STATE, Federated States of Micronesia (August 23, 2008) – There are few secrets hidden in the crystal clear waters of Chuuk Lagoon. Historic Japanese shipwrecks and aircraft, destroyed during the U.S. air raid “Operation Hailstone” in 1944, are clearly visible. Just off the coast of Weno island, the ruins of a sunken ship still protrude from the water’s surface. USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) will operate in FSM to perform humanitarian civic assistance missions in an effort to build the relationship between FSM and the United States. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK STATE, Federated States of Micronesia (August 26, 2008) – A young Chuukese girl from Weno island, in Chuuk Lagoon, poses for a photograph from within the ruin of the historic Japanese lighthouse, destroyed during the U.S. air raid “Operation Hailstone” in 1944. Mercy will operate in FSM to perform humanitarian civic assistance missions in an effort to build the relationship between FSM and the United States. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Francesca Ross, of Denver Co., vaccinates a dog at a Pacific Partnership veterinary civic action program on the island of Romonum in the Federated States of Micronesia. Pacific Partnership is a four month deployment providing humanitarian assistance to Southeast Asia. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialists 2nd Class (SW) Joseph Seavey. (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia, (Aug. 25th, 2008) –The Honorable Manny Mori, President of the Federated States of Micronesia, speaks with Builder 2nd Class Eilene Dustan, at an Engineering Civic Action Program on Chuuk. Pacific Partnership continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and the host nations, demonstrating continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED)

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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia, (Aug. 26, 2008) Children from Weno Island, in Chuuk Lagoon, wave at a passing MH-60S Sea Hawk helicotper from the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) from atop the ruins of a historic Japanese lighthouse, destroyed during the U.S. air raid "Operation Hailstone" in 1944. Mercy will operate in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to perform humanitarian civic assistance missions in an effort to build the relationship between FSM and the United States. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel/Released)

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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 26, 2008) -- Construction Electrician 3rd Class Richard Rickert, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, installs a new light bulb in a patient ward at Chuuk State Hospital. More than 20 Seabees and Sailors assigned to the Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) renovated and repaired Chuuk State Hospital as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership 2008 is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 26, 2008) Construction Electrician 3rd Class Richard Rickert, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, installs a new light bulb in a patient ward at Chuuk State Hospital. More than 20 Seabees and Sailors assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) renovated and repaired Chuuk State Hospital as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership 2008 is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/Released)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia, (Aug. 25th, 2008) – The Honorable Manny Mori, President of the Federated States of Micronesia, The Honorable Miriam K. Hughes, United States Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, The Honorable Governor of the Federated States of Micronesia Wesley Simina, and Chief Equipment Operator James Brock, walk together during a tour of an Engineering Civic Action Program on Chuuk. Pacific Partnership continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and the host nations, demonstrating continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED)
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YAP, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 26, 2008) Cmdr. Michele Gasper examines 13-year old boy at a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program (MEDCAP) held at the Yap Sports Complex in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. A 26-personnel advanced medical team is conducting MEDCAPs and repairing medical equipment in Yap as part of Pacific Partnership 2008, a humanitarian mission dedicated to providing medical and dental assistance programs in cooperation with host nations throughout the Asian Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class A. Nick De La Cruz/Released)
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YAP, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 26, 2008) Indian Navy Surgeon Cmdr. Ranjeet Thergaonkar, MD, examines a 9-year-old girl at a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program (MEDCAP) in the gymnasium of the Yap Sports Complex in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. A 26-personnel advanced medical team is conducting MEDCAPs and repairing medical equipment in Yap as part of Pacific Partnership 2008, a humanitarian mission dedicated to providing medical and dental assistance programs in cooperation with host nations throughout the Asian Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class A. Nick De La Cruz/Released)
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CHUUK, Micronesia (Aug. 25, 2008) Builder 2nd Class Gabriel Kelly, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, installs a roof on the Mwan Elementary School in Chuuk. NMCB-133 is deployed the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH- 19) working with Pacific Partnership 2008 providing humanitarian construction projects throughout the Asia Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Amy Yoon/Released)
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CHUUK STATE, Federated States of Micronesia (August 25, 2008) –Indian Army Maj. Abhijit Goswami, a veterinarian, and his assistant Indian Army Cpl. Vijay Choudhary, from Pune, India deliver medicine to a dog during a Veterinary Civic Action Program held on Uman, an island in Chuuk State, FSM. USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) will operate in FSM to perform humanitarian civic assistance missions in an effort to build the relationship between FSM and the United States. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (RELEASED)
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Fifty-two year old Paul Thugunman picks out a pair of glasses, during a Pacific Partnership 2008 medical civic action program (MEDCAP) at the Yap Sports Complex in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). “This doctor explained to me that I was far-sighted. He helped me understand why I needed a pair of glasses and also told me when to use them,” said Thugunman. “So, receiving these services is good for us.” A 26-personnel advanced medical detachment was sent to conduct MEDCAPs and repair medical equipment in Yap on behalf of Pacific Partnership - a four-month humanitarian mission intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. FSM is the final country to be visited for this mission. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) A. Nick De La Cruz (CPF RELEASED)
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YAP, Federated States of Micronesia – U.S. Air Force Capt. Eric Wanagat examines 69-year old Carmen Giltinag’s eyes during a Pacific Partnership 2008 medical civic action program (MEDCAP) at the Yap Sports Complex in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Giltinag visited the MEDCAP site to receive a physical examination and eyewear. A 26-personnel advanced medical detachment was sent to conduct MEDCAPs and repair medical equipment in Yap as part of Pacific Partnership 2008 - a four-month humanitarian mission intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region.
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UMAN, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 24, 2008) -- Lt. Sara Pope from Auburn Calif. gives a prescription to a patient during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program in the Federated States of Micronesia. Pacific Partnership 2008 is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK STATE, Federated States of Micronesia (August 24, 2008) – Escondido, CA native Dr. Randy Jungman, a University of California San Diego volunteer dentist aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), performs a tooth extraction during a Medical and Dental Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) held on Uman, an island in Chuuk State, FSM. Mercy will operate in FSM to perform humanitarian civic assistance missions in an effort to build the relationship between FSM and the United States. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (RELEASED)
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CHUUK STATE, Federated States of Micronesia (August 25, 2008) –Indian Army Maj. Abhijit Goswami, a veterinarian, and his assistant Indian Army Cpl. Vijay Choudhary, from Pune, India deliver medicine to a dog during a Veterinary Civic Action Program held on Uman, an island in Chuuk State, FSM. USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) will operate in FSM to perform humanitarian civic assistance missions in an effort to build the relationship between FSM and the United States. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (CPF RELEASED)
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UMAN, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 24, 2008) -- The Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is anchored off the island coast of Weno, part of Chuuk State in the Federated States of Micronesia during Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership 2008 is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK STATE, Federated States of Micronesia (August 24, 2008) – South Bend, NJ native Air Force Senior Airman Kate Thomas and Bridgewater, CA native Navy Lt. Abbott, an optometrist, perform an eye exam during a Medical and Dental Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) held on Uman, an island in Chuuk State, FSM. Mercy will operate in FSM to perform humanitarian civic assistance missions in an effort to build the relationship between FSM and the United States. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK STATE, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 24, 2008) Sarasota, Fla.-native Lt. Cmdr. Rich Kolanda, a dentist from the U.S. Public Health Service, performs a tooth extraction during a Medical and Dental Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) held on Uman, an island in Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Kolanda is embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy will operate in FSM to perform humanitarian civic assistance missions in an effort to build the relationship between FSM and the United States. Mercy is the primary platform for Pacific Partnership, a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel/Released)
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CHUUK STATE, Federated States of Micronesia (August 23, 2008) – USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) Sailors play basketball with residents of Weno island at a local field. Mercy will operate in FSM to perform humanitarian civic assistance missions in an effort to build the relationship between FSM and the United States. Pacific Partnership humanitarian and community outreach activities further our efforts together with our many partners in FSM to achieve prosperity and peace in Chuuk and throughout FSM. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK STATE, Federated States of Micronesia (August 23, 2008) – USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) Sailors play volleyball with residents of Weno island at a local court. Mercy will operate in FSM to perform humanitarian civic assistance missions in an effort to build the relationship between FSM and the United States. Pacific Partnership humanitarian and community outreach activities further our efforts together with our many partners in FSM to achieve prosperity and peace in Chuuk and throughout FSM. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (CPF RELEASED)
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UMAN, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 24, 2008) -- The crew aboard the Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) conducts a medical civic action program in the Sopota elementary school in the Federated States of Micronesia as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership 2008 is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (August 23, 2008) – Navy Mobile Construction Battalion’s Steel Worker 3rd Class Michael Featherston and Constructionman Steven Cline help build a roof for the reconstruction of Mwan Elementary School during a Pacific Partnership engineering civic action program. The Pacific Partnership team of construction men and women has assisted six different countries, renovating schools, hospitals and medical clinics. Pacific Partnership assists the government the Federated States of Micronesia in providing local communities with various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) James Seward. (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (August 23, 2008) – Navy Mobile Construction Battalion’s Steel Worker 3rd Class Michael Featherston and a Micronesian worker help build a roof for the reconstruction of Mwan Elementary School during a Pacific Partnership engineering civic action program. The Pacific Partnership team of construction men and women has assisted six different countries, renovating schools, hospitals and medical clinics. Pacific Partnership assists the government the Federated States of Micronesia in providing local communities with various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) James Seward. (CPF RELEASED)
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POHNPEI, Federated States of Micronesia – Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW) Aristotle Legaspi troubleshoots the circuit board of a dentist’s chair in the Pohnpei State Hospital. Legaspi is part of a two-man biomedical equipment repair team assigned to an advance medical team sent to Pohnpei on a week-long mission as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. While Legaspi worked at the Pohnpei State Hospital the rest of the 26-personnel medical team conducted medical civic action programs at five sites throughout Pohnpei during their week-long tour there. The medical team will to travel to Yap after completing their mission in Pohnpei to support the Pacific Partnership mission - a four-month humanitarian mission intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the Asian Pacific region by providing medical and dental assistance programs in cooperation with host nations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) A. Nick De La Cruz (CPF RELEASED)
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UMAN, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 24, 2008) -- U.S. Public Health Service Lt. Cmdr. Richard Kolanda performs a tooth extraction on a patient during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program in the Federated States of Micronesia. Pacific Partnership 2008 is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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UMAN, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 24, 2008) -- U.S. Public Health Service Cmdr. Saini Parmjeet from New York, N.Y. listens to a patient's heart during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program in the Federated States of Micronesia. Pacific Partnership 2008 is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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REPUBLIC OF MICRONESIA, (Aug. 22nd, 2008) –The Honorable Manny Mori, President of the Federated States of Micronesia, speaks at an opening ceremony welcoming Pacific Partnership to the Chuuk islands. Pacific Partnership continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and the host nations, demonstrating continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission is in support of and in cooperation with the government of the Republic of Micronesia, Partner nations including representatives from Australia, India, Canada, New Zealand, Chile and the Republic of Korea along with joint service cooperation and many non-governmental organizations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK STATE, Federated States of Micronesia (August 22, 2008) – A Sailor attached to naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) lowers the national ensign during evening colors at sunset, signaling the end of the Mercy’s first day in the Federated States of Micronesia. Mercy will operate in FSM to perform humanitarian civic assistance missions in an effort to build the relationship between FSM and the United States. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (August 23, 2008) – Builder 2nd Class Gabriel Kelley, of Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 133, cuts wood planks for the reconstruction of Mwan Elementary School during a Pacific Partnership engineering civic action program. The Pacific Partnership team of construction men and women have assisted five different countries, renovating schools, hospitals and medical clinics. Pacific Partnership assists the government the Federated States of Micronesia in providing local communities with various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) James Seward. (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (August 23, 2008) – Constructionman Steven Cline, of Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 133, makes adjustments for the reconstruction of Mwan Elementary School during a Pacific Partnership engineering civic action program. The Pacific Partnership team of construction men and women have assisted six different countries, renovating schools, hospitals and medical clinics. Pacific Partnership assists the government the Federated States of Micronesia in providing local communities with various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) James Seward. (CPF RELEASED)
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POHNPEI, Federated States of Micronesia – Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW) Aristotle Legaspi troubleshoots the circuit board of a dentist’s chair in the Pohnpei State Hospital. Legaspi is part of a two-man biomedical equipment repair team assigned to an advance medical team sent to Pohnpei on a week-long mission as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. While Legaspi worked at the Pohnpei State Hospital the rest of the 26-personnel medical team conducted medical civic action programs at five sites throughout Pohnpei during their week-long tour there. The medical team will to travel to Yap after completing their mission in Pohnpei to support the Pacific Partnership mission - a four-month humanitarian mission intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the Asian Pacific region by providing medical and dental assistance programs in cooperation with host nations. (CPF RELEASED) U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) A. Nick De La Cruz
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CHUUK STATE, Federated States of Micronesia (August 23, 2008) – A boy plays volleyball with USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) Sailors at a local field located on Weno island. Mercy will operate in FSM to perform humanitarian civic assistance missions in an effort to build the relationship between FSM and the United States. Pacific Partnership humanitarian and community outreach activities further our efforts together with our many partners in FSM to achieve prosperity and peace in Chuuk and throughout FSM. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (CPF RELEASED)
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UMAN, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 24, 2008) -- Tech. Sgt. Angela Custer from Garrett Ind. assigned to U.S. Pacific Air Force checks the vital sign on a patient at a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program in the Federated States of Micronesia. Pacific Partnership 2008 is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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REPUBLIC OF MICRONESIA, (Aug. 22nd, 2008) – The Honorable Manny Mori, President of the Federated States of Micronesia, speaks at an opening ceremony welcoming Pacific Partnership to the Chuuk islands. Pacific Partnership continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and the host nations, demonstrating continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission is in support of and in cooperation with the government of Papua New Guinea, Partner nations including representatives from Australia, India, Canada, New Zealand, Chile and the Republic of Korea along with joint service cooperation and many non-governmental organizations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED)
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REPUBLIC OF MICRONESIA, (Aug. 22nd, 2008) – The Honorable Miriam K. Hughes, United States Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, delivers the initial remarks at an opening ceremony welcoming Pacific Partnership to the Chuuk islands. Pacific Partnership continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and the host nations, demonstrating continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission is in support of and in cooperation with the government of Papua New Guinea, Partner nations including representatives from Australia, India, Canada, New Zealand, Chile and the Republic of Korea along with joint service cooperation and many non-governmental organizations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED)
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CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia - At the Opening Ceremony for Pacific Partnership 2008, Commodore William Kearns, Pacific Partnership Mission Commander, salutes during the playing of the national anthem as Chaplain Gerald Gray looks on. The opening ceremony in Micronesia marks the final phase of the Naval Hospital Ship USNS Mercy’s (T-AH 19) five-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia and Oceania. U.S. Navy Photo by Musician Second Class James M. Randorff. (CPF RELEASED)
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ABOARD USNS MERCY (T-AH 19), Pacific Ocean (Aug. 20, 2008) -- The Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) steams north as it makes its way to its last mission site, the Federated States of Micronesia. Mercy will provide humanitarian civic assistance to the country as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 16, 2008) – Henao Iduhu, The Gaire Community Representative, the Honorable Leslie Rowe, Ambassador of the United States and Capt. William A. Kearns, Pacific Partnership Mission Commander join in a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the Gaire Village Aide Post, the site of an Engineering Civic Action Program. The Pacific Partnership visit to Papua New Guinea is important to developing partnerships between Papua New Guinea and the United States. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (RELEASED)
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UMAN, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 24, 2008) -- Lt. Sara Pope from Auburn Calif. listens to a child's heart during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program in the Federated States of Micronesia. Pacific Partnership 2008 is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 17, 2008) Lt. Cmdr. Brian Prendergast, left, an entomologist from Buffalo, N.Y., and head of the preventive medicine department, and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Edric Aquino, from Tumon, Guam, assemble a catch net on a light trap aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during Pacific Partnership 2008. Mercy is the primary platform for Pacific Partnership, a four-month humanitarian mission providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to Southeast Asia and Oceania. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Mitchell/Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 13, 2008) – Participating in a Pacific Partnership community relations project at the Cheshire School, Hospital Corpsman (Chief Select) (FMF) Robert E. Welky of Palm Bay, Florida helps refurbish handrails located at the school. Pacific Partnership assists the government of Papua New Guinea in providing local communities with various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. Pacific Partnership 2008 continues to improve bilateral relations with host nations such as Papua New Guinea and builds upon friendships established in past missions. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Chief (NAC) Jon Gesch. (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 13, 2008) – Machinist Mate Chief (SW) Julian Martinez from San Juan, Puerto Rico shares pictures with the children at Cheshire School is. Chief Martinez currently attached to USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), is participating in a Pacific Partnership community relations project. The Mercy is anchored off the coast of Papua New Guinea supporting Pacific Partnership, a humanitarian civic assistance mission to Southeast Asia and Oceania. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Chief (NAC) Jon Gesch. (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 15, 2008) Lt. j.g. Jessica Smith, a nurse assigned to the patient recovery room aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), gives a tour to Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea The Right Honorable Sir Michael Somare. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to Southeast Asia and Oceania. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 16, 2008) University of California at San Diego (UCSD) student, Thien-Kim Le, from San Diego, Calif., representing the UCSD Pre-Dental Society, uses wax for tooth placement on a set of dentures for a patient while aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during Pacific Partnership 2008. Mercy is the primary platform for Pacific Partnership, a four-month humanitarian mission providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to Southeast Asia and Oceania. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Mitchell/Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 16, 2008) – University of California at San Diego student Thien-Kim Le of San Diego, Calif., representing the UCSD Pre-Dental Society, conducts a final observation of a set of dentures created for a patient while aboard hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership assists the government of Papua New Guinea in providing local communities with various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW) Greg Mitchell. (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 13, 2008) A motor whale-boat departs the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy is anchored off the coast of Papua New Guinea supporting Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to Southeast Asia and Oceania. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Chief Jon Gesch (Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 15, 2008) -- Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Neal assigned to the Operating Rooms aboard the Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) gives a tour to the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea the Right Honorable Sir Michael Somare. While Mercy is wrapping up its Pacific Partnership 2008 mission in Papua New Guinea, the crew has provided a variety of patient care including several different medical, dental and engineering civic action programs. Pacific Partnership is a humanitarian civic assistance mission aimed to build friendships between host and partner nations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 15, 2008) Papua New Guinea Prime Minister the Right Honorable Sir Michael Somare speaks with a patient while touring the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy is the primary platform for Pacific Partnership, a four-month humanitarian mission providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to Southeast Asia and Oceania. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brian Madison of Clarksburg, WV, makes a set of dentures for a local patient onboard the Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in support of Pacific Partnership. The Pacific Partnership mission to Papua New Guinea is the fourth stop for the Mercy on a four-month humanitarian aid mission. Mercy’s final mission is in the Federated States of Micronesia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialists 2nd Class (SW) Joseph Seavey. (CPF RELEASED)
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POPONDETTA, Papua New Guinea - Builder 3rd Class Johnathan Myrick, of U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 works with a member of the Papua New Guinea Defense Force Engineering Battalion to attach a water catchment system at the Popondetta Secondary School in Papua New Guinea in support of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Amy Yoon, U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133. (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 13, 2008) Chief petty officers assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) participate in a community relations project during Pacific Partnership 2008. Mercy is the primary platform for Pacific Partnership, a four-month humanitarian mission providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to Southeast Asia and Oceania. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Chief Jon Gesch/Released)
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POPONDETTA, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)-- Chief Musician selectee Brian Chaplow from Honolulu, Hawaii assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet Navy Band, plays the tuba in front of a crowd of people at the National Broadcasting Corporation, Kundu Service in Oro province, Papua New Guinea. Members of the Pacific Fleet Navy Band have performed a number of musical pieces for the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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POPONDETTA, Papua New Guinea - Utilitiesman 2nd Class William Mills and his fellow crewmembers from U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 work side-by-side with personnel from the Papua New Guinea Defense Force Engineering Battalion on the Popondetta General Hospital water system upgrades. The group was in Papua New Guinea for 34 days to complete five engineering civic action projects throughout Popondetta as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Amy Yoon, U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 (CPF RELEASED).
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brian Madison of Clarksburg, WV, makes a set of dentures for a local patient onboard the Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in support of Pacific Partnership. The Pacific Partnership mission to Papua New Guinea is the fourth stop for the Mercy on a four-month humanitarian aid mission. Mercy’s final mission is in the Federated States of Micronesia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialists 2nd Class (SW) Joseph Seavey. (CPF RELEASED)
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POPONDETTA, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)-- Citizens of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in Oro province perform a traditional tribal dance to the members of the U.S. Navy Seabees and the PNG Defense Force Engineering Battalion as thanks for all the work they have done. Members from the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 and the PNG Defense Force Engineering Battalion worked side by side to construct and renovate one school building, two clinics and two other water catchment systems as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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POPONDETTA, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)-- U.S. Navy Seabees from the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 and the Papua New Guinea Defense Force Engineering Battalion stand in formation during the Bottomtown Clinic ribbon cutting ceremony. The clinic will serve as patient overflow for the overcrowded Popondetta General Hospital. The two militaries joined forces to construct and renovate one school building, two clinics and two other water catchment systems as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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POPONDETTA, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)—The Honorable Leslie Rowe, U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea (PNG), Oro province Pastor Governor Suckling Tamanabae; Commander, Logistics Group, Western Pacific Rear Adm. Nora Tyson, and Pacific Partnership 2008 Mission Commander Capt. William Kearns, are greeted by a traditional tribal dance as they recognize the completion of five joint military construction projects. Members from the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 and the PNG Defense Force Engineering Battalion worked side by side to construct and renovate one school building, two clinics and two other water catchment systems as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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POPONDETTA, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 13, 2008) Popondetta villagers greet Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 with flowers as the Seabees march to the Isivini Secondary School. Members of NMCB-133 and the Papua New Guinea Defense Force Engineering Battalion worked side-by-side to construct and renovate one school building, two clinics and two other water catchment systems as part of a Pacific Partnership 2008 civil engineering project. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/Released)
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POPONDETTA, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)-- Detachment Officer in Charge, Lt. Amy Yoon assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 from Gulfport Miss. and Papua New Guinea (PNG), Detachment Cmdr., 2nd Lt. Alex Hengene assigned to the PNG Defense Force Engineering Battalion, cut the ribbon to open the Isivini Secondary School double classroom building. Members from the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 and the PNG Defense Force Engineering Battalion worked side by side to construct and renovate one school building, two clinics and two other water catchment systems as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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POPONDETTA, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)-- U.S. Navy Seabees from the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 and the Papua New Guinea Defense Force Engineering Battalion stand side by side during the Isivini Secondary School double classroom building ribbon cutting ceremony. The two militaries joined forces to construct and renovate one school building, two clinics and two other water catchment systems as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 11, 2008) Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class (NAC/AW) Gabriel Martin of Tennessee Colony, Texas, prepares for the helicopter to land aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative partnerships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton (Released)
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ABOARD USNS MERCY (T-AH 19), PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – New Zealand Defense Force Lt. Casey A. Pinny stands beside medical equipment in USNS Mercy’s (T-AH 19) intensive care unit. The Otorohanga, New Zealand native is a Registered Nurse attached to the Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps. “One of New Zealand’s aim is to provide humanitarian assistance and healthcare to countries in need around the world,” said Pinny. “We’re hoping our involvement in [Pacific Partnership 2008] will open talks for us to be included in future missions of this sort, so long as they are in keeping with New Zealand’s policies.” Pinny joined the Pacific Partnership team aboard Mercy July 19, before Mercy departed Darwin, Australia. She is joined by seven other New Zealand Defense Force medical and engineering personnel. Pacific Partnership 2008 is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance throughout the region. Mercy will operate from August 4 - 17 in Papua New Guinea to perform a humanitarian and civic assistance mission as requested by the Papua New Guinea government. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) A. Nick De La Cruz (CPF RELEASED)
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ABOARD USNS MERCY (T-AH 19), PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – U.S. Navy Lt. Robert A. Wesley stands in the intensive care unit on board USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). A Registered Nurse in critical care, Wesley joined the Mercy crew to support the final leg of the Pacific Partnership 2008 mission. “I wanted to volunteer for a humanitarian mission because I’d never done one before and I wanted to see what it entails,” said Wesley. “I also wanted to go out and see the local village population and see the differences they face in healthcare.” Wesley, who hails from, Rochester, New York, is a Navy Reservist who works in the cardio-vascular ICU at the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital. Pacific Partnership 2008 is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance throughout the region. Mercy will operate from August 4 - 17 in Papua New Guinea to perform a humanitarian and civic assistance mission as requested by the Papua New Guinea government. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) A. Nick De La Cruz (CPF RELEASED)
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ALOLA VILLAGE, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008) An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from Helicopter Combat Support squadron (HS) 21, based in San Diego, lands near Alola Village in the Owen Stanley Mountain Range in Papua New Guinea to evacuate Australian hiker Debra Paver. Paver began to experience symptoms of hyponatremia, a condition resulting from low sodium levels in the blood. Paver was transported to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) for treatment. Mercy is anchored off the coast of Papua New Guinea supporting Pacific Partnership 2008 and has embarked a multinational group of medical and engineering professionals from military and non-governmental organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to several countries within the Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class Gabriel Martin/Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 11, 2008) – Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Virginia Riedel performs an HIV test on a Papua New Guinean soldier at a medical civic assistance program at Koki Seventh Day Adventist Church. The Pacific Partnership team assisted over 500 patients providing medical, dental, and optometry services. Pacific Partnership assists the government of Papua New Guinea in providing local communities with various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) James Seward. (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 11, 2008) -- Builder 1st Class (SCW) Michael Hooper from Zanesville, Ohio assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 paints a restroom door at the Port Moresby General Hospital. U.S. Navy Seabees and Royal Australian Engineering Battalion from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment provide humanitarian civic assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 11, 2008) Master-At-Arms 2nd Class Martin Urias, assigned to Mobile Expeditionary Security Detachment 531 gets high-fives with local children at Port Moresby General Hospital. U.S. Navy Seabees and the Royal Australian Engineering Battalion from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment are providing humanitarian civic assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is the main platform for Pacific Partnership and has embarked a multinational group of medical and engineering professionals from military and non-governmental organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to several countries within the Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 11, 2008) Australian Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer Dave Dodson checks the vital signs of a patient during a Pacific Partnership 2008 medical civic action program at Koki Seventh Day Adventist Church. The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is the main platform for Pacific Partnership and has embarked a multinational group of medical and engineering professionals from military and non-governmental organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to several countries within the Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Seward/Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 11, 2008) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) anchored off the coast of Papua New Guinea in support of Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative partnerships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton (Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 11, 2008) Operation Smile volunteers Dr. Robert Russell, a plastic surgeon from Springfield, Ill., and his assistant Maria Velasquez, perform reconstructive surgery on 21-year-old Solomon Maitava aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). The operation, performed during Pacific Partnership 2008, is the first for Operation Smile in Papua New Guinea. Mercy is the main platform for Pacific Partnership 2008 and has embarked a multinational group of medical and engineering professionals from military and non-governmental organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to several countries within the Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel/Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 11, 2008) Operation Smile volunteer Dr. Robert Russell, a plastic surgeon from Springfield, Ill., examines a patient before performing reconstructive surgery aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). The operation, performed during Pacific Partnership 2008, is the first for Operation Smile in Papua New Guinea. Mercy is the main platform for Pacific Partnership 2008 and has embarked a multinational group of medical and engineering professionals from military and non-governmental organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to several countries within the Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel/Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 10, 2008) Australian hiker Debra Paver greets her family aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Paver was evacuated by helicopter from Alola Village to Mercy to be treated for hyponatremia, a condition resulting from low sodium levels in the blood, during a hike in the Owen Stanley Mountain Range of Papua New Guinea. Mercy is anchored off the coast of Papua New Guinea supporting Pacific Partnership 2008 and has embarked a multinational group of medical and engineering professionals from military and non-governmental organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to several countries within the Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton/Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)— Builder Constructionman Thomas Russell, from Malta, Ohio assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, paints the ceiling of the University of Papua New Guinea clinic building. U.S. Navy Seabees, Royal Australian Engineers from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment and Indian Army Corps of Engineers joined forces to provide humanitarian civic assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 11, 2008) Australian Army engineer Joshua Payne receives a Papua New Guinea flag ball cap from a local child at Port Moresby General Hospital. U.S. Navy Seabees and the Royal Australian Engineering Battalion from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment are providing humanitarian civic assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is the main platform for Pacific Partnership and has embarked a multinational group of medical and engineering professionals from military and non-governmental organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to several countries within the Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 11, 2008) -- Australian Army Sapper Joshua Payne plays rugby with local children at the Port Moresby General Hospital. U.S. Navy Seabees and Royal Australian Engineering Battalion from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment provide humanitarian civic assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)—Australian Cpl. Mauricio Gonzalez from the Royal Australian Engineers, 1st Combat Engineer Regiment cuts an angle on a PVC pipe for a water drainage system on a University of Papua New Guinea clinic building. U.S. Navy Seabees, Royal Australian Engineers from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment and Indian Army Corps of Engineers joined forces to provide humanitarian civic assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)— Steelworker 3rd Class Raquel Miranda from Sta. Rosa, Calif. assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 paints trimmings for the University of Papua New Guinea clinic building. U.S. Navy Seabees, Royal Australian Engineers from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment and Indian Army Corps of Engineers joined forces to provide humanitarian civic assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)—Indian Army Lance Sgt. D. Narsimulu seals the roof from leakage on the University of Papua New Guinea clinic building. U.S. Navy Seabees, Royal Australian Engineers from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment and Indian Army Corps of Engineers joined forces to provide humanitarian civic assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)—Construction Mechanic 3rd Class (SCW) Timothy Favreau, from Grand Rapids, Mich. assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 1, paints the exterior wall of the University of Papua New Guinea clinic. U.S. Navy Seabees, Royal Australian Engineers from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment and Indian Army Corps of Engineers joined forces to provide humanitarian civic assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 11, 2008) – Dr. Yang Yusheng, a native of Shanghai, China, and his assistants, all from Operation Smile China, perform reconstructive surgery on 18 year-old Nichodemas Koieba while aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). The operation was carried out in support of Pacific Partnership 2008 and is the first time Operation Smile has treated patients in Papua New Guinea. Mercy’s visit to Papua New Guinea is important to developing partnerships between Papua New Guinea and the United States. “It’s been a wonderful experience working with nurses from Port Moresby and having the support of the Navy,” said Lucia Mauer, nurse manager for Operation Smile’s mission in Papua New Guinea. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 11, 2008) – Dr. Yang Yusheng, a native of Shanghai, China, and his assistant, both from Operation Smile China, perform reconstructive surgery on 18 year-old Nichodemas Koieba while aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). The operation was carried out in support of Pacific Partnership 2008 and is the first time Operation Smile has treated patients in Papua New Guinea. Mercy’s visit to Papua New Guinea is important to developing partnerships between Papua New Guinea and the United States. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 9, 2008) Canadian Army Capt. Brent Winnett, from Ontario, Canada, conducts a tooth extraction in a makeshift clinic during a Pacific Partnership 2008 medical civic action program. Service members from U.S. and partner nations and non-governmental organizations are embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), the main platform for Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek R. Sanchez (Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 9, 2008) – A Papua New Guinean man waits to receive medical care at a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program (MEDCAP). U.S. service members, non-governmental organizations, and partner nations joined together for Pacific Partnership. Pacific Partnership 2008 is a humanitarian civc assistance mission that continues to improve bilateral relations with host nations such as Papua New Guinea and builds upon friendships established in past missions. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek R. Sanchez (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 9, 2008) – A woman and child wait to receive medical attention at a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program (MEDCAP). U.S. service members, non-governmental organizations, and partner nations work side by side during Pacific Partnership, a humanitarian civic assistance mission that continues to improve bilateral relations with host nations such as Papua New Guinea and builds upon friendships established in past missions. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek R. Sanchez (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - Australian hiker, Debra Paver, discusses her experience hiking in the Owen Stanley Mountain Range of Papua New Guinea. Paver started experiencing hyponatremia, in which sodium levels in the blood are too low and became gravely ill. The crew of the Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) medically evacuated her from Alola Village via helicopter to the hospital ship. She is currently in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. The Mercy is anchored off the coast of Papua New Guinea supporting Pacific Partnership, a humanitarian civic assistance mission to Southeast Asia and Oceania. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Danny Hayes. (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 9, 2008) – Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Billy Joe Heap, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, checks a patient’s vital signs before receiving medical care. Heap works alongside U.S. service members, non-governmental organizations, and partner nations during a medical civic action program (MEDCAP). The MEDCAP is in support of the humanitarian civic assistance mission, Pacific Partnership 2008, which continues to improve bilateral relations with host nations such as Papua New Guinea and builds upon friendships established in past missions. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek R. Sanchez (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)—Australian Cpl. Mauricio Gonzalez from the Royal Australian Engineers, 1st Combat Engineer Regiment cuts an angle on a PVC pipe for a water drainage system on a University of Papua New Guinea clinic building. U.S. Navy Seabees, Royal Australian Engineers from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment and Indian Army Corps of Engineers joined forces to provide humanitarian civic assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)—Builder 3rd Class Travis Wright from Jackson, Miss. assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 1, shakes hands with children of Pari Village in Papua New Guinea. While in Pari Village, Wright assisted in the renovation of the village’s main clinic. U.S. Navy Seabees, Royal Australian Engineers from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment and Indian Army Corps of Engineers joined forces to provide humanitarian civic assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)— U.S. Navy Seabees, Royal Australian Engineers from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment and Indian Indian Army Corps of Engineers give out pencils, crayons and coloring books to the children of Pari Village in Papua New Guinea after completing renovations on the village’s main clinic (as shown). The three militaries joined forces to provide humanitarian civic assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 9, 2008) Australian hiker Debra Paver discusses her experience hiking in the Owen Stanley Mountain Range of Papua New Guinea. Paver was evacuated by helicopter from Alola Village to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) to be treated for hyponatremia, a condition resulting from low sodium levels in the blood. Mercy is anchored off the coast of Papua New Guinea supporting Pacific Partnership 2008 and has embarked a multinational group of medical and engineering professionals from military and non-governmental organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to several countries within the Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Danny Hayes/Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 7, 2008) Thien-Kim Le, a University of California at San Diego (UCSD) student representing the UCSD Pre-Dental Society, assists Capt. Alex Smith, a U.S. Army dentist from New York, during a tooth extraction on a local patient during a Pacific Partnership 2008 medical civic action project. Both medical professionals are embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), the main platform for Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Mitchell (Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)—Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Michael Labeef, from Hannibal, New York assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 1, carries a large piece of wood during a Pacific Partnership engineering civic action program at Pari Village, Papua New Guinea. U.S. Navy Seabees, Royal Australian Engineers from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment and Indian Army Corps of Engineers joined forces to provide humanitarian civic assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)—Builder 3rd Class Travis Wright from Jackson, Miss. assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 and Builder Constructionman Thomas Russell, from Malta, Ohio assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, make finishing touches on an entrance door to a small clinic in Pari Village, Papua New Guinea. U.S. Navy Seabees, Royal Australian Engineers from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment and Indian Army Corps of Engineers joined forces to provide humanitarian civic assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 8, 2008)—Construction Mechanic 3rd Class (SCW) Timothy Favreau, from Grand Rapids, Mich. assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 1, paints the windows of a small Papua New Guinea village clinic located in Pari. U.S. Navy Seabees, Royal Australian Engineers from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment and Indian Army Corps of Engineers joined forces to provide humanitarian civic assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea as part of Pacific partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 7, 2008) Army dentist Capt. Alex Smith, a U.S. Army dentist from New York, applies anesthesia to a patient during a dental civic action program at the University of Papua New Guinea School of Health and Medical Science during Pacific Partnership 2008. Smith is embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), the main platform for Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership assists the government of Papua New Guinea in providing local communities with various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Mitchell/Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 9, 2008) Cmdr. Elizabeth Satter, a dermatologist embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), stitches the leg of a patient during a Pacific Partnership 2008 medical civic action program at the Pari Primary School in Pari Village, Papua New Guinea. Mercy is the main platform for Pacific Partnership 2008 and has embarked a multinational group of medical and engineering professionals from military and non-governmental organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to several countries within the Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Martin/Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 6, 2008) Cmdr. Kevin Bach, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), consults a patient at Port Moresby General Hospital before referring her to Mercy for surgery. The Pacific Partnership team will conduct various surgeries aboard Mercy to include plastic, orthopedic, and obstetrics-gynecology. Pacific Partnership assists the government of Papua New Guinea in providing local communities with medical, dental and engineering civic action programs focused on humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Seward (RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – The Pacific Fleet Dixie band performs a concert for a group of students at the Papua New Guinea National high school. The Pacific Partnership mission to Papua New Guinea is the fourth stop for the USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) on a four-month humanitarian aid mission. Mercy’s final mission is in the Federated States of Micronesia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Joseph Seavey. (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 5, 2008) Musician 2nd Class Hilario Mireles, from Victoria, Texas, and a member of the Pacific Fleet Band embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), sings to a group of students at the Papua New Guinea National High School during a concert as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative partnerships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Seavey/Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 05, 2008) – The Pacific Fleet band provides musical entertainment to community members of Hanuabada village during a Pacific Partnership Medical Civic Action Program. The Pacific Partnership visit to Papua New Guinea is important to developing partnerships between Papua New Guinea and the United States. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (RELEASED)
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ABOARD USNS MERCY (T-AH 19), PORT MORSBEY, Papua New Guinea – Royal Australian Navy Lt. Elizabeth Close (center) examines a Papua New Guinea dental patient as Able Seaman Charni Groves looks on in Mercy’s dental ward. Close hails from Toowoomba, Queensland and Groves’ hails from Gympie Queensland. Both Close and Groves will augment the medical team aboard Mercy while in Papua New Guinea in support of Pacific Partnership 2008 - a humanitarian mission dedicated to providing medical and dental assistance programs in cooperation with host nations throughout the Western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) A. Nick De La Cruz (RELEASED)
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ABOARD USNS MERCY (T-AH 19), At Sea – Lt. Cmdr. Ronald Bajet, MSC, and Lt.j.g. Karmenid Medina-Zayas, MSC cut a cake during a ceremony celebrating Medical Service Corps’ 61st birthday on board USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy is currently deployed to support Pacific Partnership 2008 - a humanitarian mission dedicated to providing medical and dental assistance programs in cooperation with host nations throughout the Western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) A. Nick De La Cruz (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 05, 2008) – The Pacific Fleet band provides musical entertainment to community members of Hanuabada village during a Pacific Partnership Medical Civic Action Program. The Pacific Partnership visit to Papua New Guinea is important to developing partnerships between Papua New Guinea and the United States. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 05, 2008) – The Pacific Fleet band provides musical entertainment to community members of Hanuabada village during a Pacific Partnership Medical Civic Action Program. The Pacific Partnership visit to Papua New Guinea is important to developing partnerships between Papua New Guinea and the United States. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 05, 2008) – The Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), as seen from a Pacific Partnership Medical Civic Action Program held at Hanuabada village. The Mercy will operate in Papua New Guinea to perform humanitarian civic assistance missions in an effort to strengthen relationships between Papua New Guinea and the United States. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative partnership by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 04, 2008) – The Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives off the coast of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The Mercy will operate in Papua New Guinea to perform humanitarian civic assistance missions in an effort to build the relationship between Papua New Guinea and the United States. Pacific Partnership is a four-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia intended to build collaborative relationships by providing engineering, civic, medical and dental assistance to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel (RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 6, 2008) – Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Reneline Llamas of San Francisco, Calif. and Hospital Corpsman Ashley Kilgore of Tuscon, Ariz. check the vital signs of patients during a Pacific Partnership surgical screening at Port Moresby General Hospital. The Pacific Partnership team will conduct surgeries onboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) to include orthopedic, obstetrics-gynecology, and plastic. Pacific Partnership assists the government of Papua New Guinea in providing local communities with medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) James Seward. (CPF RELEASED)
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PAPUA, New Guinea (Aug. 6, 2008) Dr. Harold Forney, a member of an international relief team working with Pacific Partnership, studies a patient's X-ray during a surgical screening at Port Moresby General Hospital before referring the patient to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) for treatment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Seward (Released)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 4th, 2008) - The Papua New Guinea Minister of Health, the Honorable Sasa Zibe, speaks at an opening ceremony marking Pacific Partnerships arrival in Papua New Guinea. Pacific Partnership continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and the host nations, demonstrating continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission is in support of and in cooperation with the government of Papua New Guinea, Partner nations including representatives from Australia, India, Canada, New Zealand, Chile and the Republic of Korea along with joint service cooperation and many non-governmental organizations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 4th, 2008) –The Honorable Leslie Rowe, United States Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, delivers the initial remarks at an opening ceremony welcoming Pacific Partnership to Basilick Port, Papua New Guinea. Pacific Partnership continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and the host nations, demonstrating continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission is in support of and in cooperation with the government of Papua New Guinea, Partner nations including representatives from Australia, India, Canada, New Zealand, Chile and the Republic of Korea along with joint service cooperation and many non-governmental organizations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 4th, 2008) – The Papua New Guinea Minister of Health, the Honorable Sasa Zibe, speaks at an opening ceremony marking Pacific Partnerships arrival in Papua New Guinea. Pacific Partnership continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and the host nations, demonstrating continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission is in support of and in cooperation with the government of Papua New Guinea, Partner nations including representatives from Australia, India, Canada, New Zealand, Chile and the Republic of Korea along with joint service cooperation and many non-governmental organizations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Aug. 4th, 2008) –The Honorable Leslie Rowe, United States Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, delivers the initial remarks at an opening ceremony welcoming Pacific Partnership to Basilick Port, Papua New Guinea. Pacific Partnership continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and the host nations, demonstrating continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission is in support of and in cooperation with the government of Papua New Guinea, Partner nations including representatives from Australia, India, Canada, New Zealand, Chile and the Republic of Korea along with joint service cooperation and many non-governmental organizations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 7, 2008)—Army Captain Ashleigh Fann, a veterinarian, treats a pet wallaby for worms at a veterinary civic action program in a Papua New Guinea neighborhood. Fann, of Oklahoma City, Okla., is currently attached to the Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) for this year’s Pacific Partnership 2008 mission. Papua New Guinea is the fourth humanitarian assistance site for Pacific Partnership. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Danny Hayes. (CPF RELEASED)
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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – Musician 2nd Class Melinda Gaines of San Antonio, Texas, dances with a local student at the Papua New Guinea National high school during a concert performed by the Pacific Fleet Band. The Pacific Partnership mission to Papua New Guinea is the fourth stop for the USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) on a four-month humanitarian aid mission. Mercy’s final mission is in the Federated States of Micronesia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Joseph Seavey. (RELEASED)

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