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NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 29, 2008) Capt. William Kearns, mission commander, Pacific Partnership 2008, greets a Vietnamese official at a closing ceremony that marked the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy's (T-AH 19) departure from Nha Trang. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating our continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Martin (Released)
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NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 29, 2008) –Pacific Partnership 2008 leaders speak to distinguished guests and the local media during a closing ceremony in Nha Trang. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating our continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED)

NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 29, 2008) – At the Pacific Partnership farewell reception held on board the USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), Vice Adm. W. Douglas Crowder commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, gives a speech to the crew as distinguished guests look on. Pacific Partnership emphasizes our ongoing partnership and our ability to work closely with the Government of Vietnam to identify areas that could most greatly benefit from the capabilities of Mercy and non-governmental organizations. Locations were identified and selected by the government of Vietnam, based on medical and support needs of local populations, and the ability to partner with the local medical community. (CPF RELEASED)
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NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 26, 2008) Dr. Viet Tran Trung, an East Meets West Foundation volunteer, performs dental work on a patient during a Pacific Partnership medical and dental civic action program at Dien Khanh Primary School in Nha Trang. Medical professionals from Vietnam will work with non-governmental organizations, Vietnamese health care professionals and local government officials providing focused medical care in partnership with American counterparts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Joshua Valcarcel (Released) ABOARD USNS MERCY, Nha Trang, Vietnam – U.S. Navy and Vietnamese Army officers enjoy some conversation during a Pacific Partnership reception in Nha Trang, Vietnam. The reception celebrated the Pacific Partnership mission in Vietnam, and recognized the significance of the growing U.S./Vietnam friendship. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam exemplifies the longstanding ties between our two countries, as well as our continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) James Seward. (CPF RELEASED) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 28, 2008) – U.S. Navy Cmdr. Cheri Coleman, department head of discharge planning and currently attached to USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), removes the patient wrist I.D. tags from the last Vietnamese patients treated aboard Mercy. Mercy is uniquely capable of supporting medical, dental and engineering humanitarian needs and can readily respond to a range of situations on short notice, it is prepared to provide a range of services afloat and ashore. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel. (CPF RELEASED)
NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 28, 2008) Ensign Mark Ariizumi, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), shakes hands with the last Vietnamese patients aboard Mercy before they are discharged. Mercy is uniquely capable of supporting medical, dental and engineering humanitarian needs and can readily respond to a range of situations on short notice, it is prepared to provide a range of services afloat and ashore. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 28, 2008) – U.S. Navy Lt. Todd Hlavac, a staff nurse currently attached to USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), changes the dressing for a Vietnamese patient prior to his discharge to a local hospital. Mercy is uniquely capable of supporting medical, dental and engineering humanitarian needs and can readily respond to a range of situations on short notice, it is prepared to provide a range of services afloat and ashore. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel. (CPF RELEASED) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 28, 2008) Lt. Todd Hlavac, a staff nurse assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), changes the dressing for a Vietnamese patient before his discharge to a local hospital. Mercy is capable of supporting medical, dental and engineering humanitarian needs and can readily respond to a range of situations on short notice. It is prepared to provide a range of services afloat and ashore. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel (Released)
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NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 28, 2008) Lt. Todd Hlavac, a staff nurse assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), assists a Vietnamese patients to his wheelchair aboard Mercy before being discharged to a local hospital. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 27, 2008) Mr. Lam Phi Vo, right, chairman for the People's Committee, shares his thoughts on the Pacific Partnership mission at a reception aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). The reception celebrated the Pacific Partnership mission in Vietnam, and recognized the significance of the growing U.S./Vietnam friendship. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam exemplifies the longstanding ties between our two countries, as well as our continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Seward (Released) ABOARD USNS MERCY, Nha Trang, Vietnam – Visitors to the Pacific Partnership reception in Nha Trang, Vietnam enjoy the cuisine prepared by USNS Mercy’s (T-AH 19) team of culinary specialists. The reception celebrated the Pacific Partnership mission in Vietnam, and recognized the significance of the growing U.S./Vietnam friendship. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam exemplifies the longstanding ties between our two countries, as well as our continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) James Seward. (CPF RELEASED)
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ABOARD USNS MERCY, Nha Trang, Vietnam – Distinguished guests, left to right, Mr. Lam Phi Vo, Chairman for the People’s Committee; Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Vice Admiral W. Douglas Crowder, Commander U.S. Seventh Fleet; Mr. Kenneth Fairfax, Consul General, U.S. Consulate in Hanoi; Dr. Tan Minh Truong, Director of Khanh Hoa Department of Health; and Capt. William Kearns, Mission Commander, Pacific Partnership, pose for a group shot before cutting the cake at a Pacific Partnership reception in Nha Trang, Vietnam. The reception celebrated the Pacific Partnership mission in Vietnam and recognized the significance of the growing U.S./Vietnam friendship. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam exemplifies the longstanding ties between our two countries, as well as our continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) James Seward. (CPF RELEASED) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 27, 2008) Vice Adm. Doug Crowder, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, interacts with the crowd during a tour of the medical civic action program site at the Dien Khanh Primary School. Crowder interacted with local patients and spoke with the crew of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating our continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Martin. (Released) HA TRANG, Vietnam (June 27, 2008) Vice Adm. Doug Crowder, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, shakes hands with Air Force Senior Airman Arianne J. Sanchez during a tour of the medical civic action program site at the Dien Khanh Primary School. Crowder interacted with local patients and spoke with the crew of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating our continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Martin (Released)
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NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 27, 2008) Capt. Terrance C. Leary, right, briefs Vice Adm. Doug Crowder, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, during a tour of the medical civic action program site at the Dien Khanh Primary School. Crowder interacted with local patients and spoke with the crew of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating our continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Martin (Released) NNHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 26, 2008) – Members of the Pacific Fleet Dixie Band, embarked aboard USNS Mercy’s (T-AH 19) perform for patients during a Pacific Partnership Medical and Dental Civic Action Program held at the Dien Khanh Primary School in Nha Trang, Vietnam. This is the first time since 1975 that a U.S. military band has been permitted to perform in Vietnam. The mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel. (CPF RELEASED) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 26, 2008) Members of the Pacific Fleet Dixie Band, embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), perform for patients during a Pacific Partnership medical and dental civic action program at the Dien Khanh Primary School in Nha Trang. This is the first time since 1975 that a U.S. military band has been permitted to perform in Vietnam. The mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel (Released)
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NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 26, 2008) Members of the Pacific Fleet Dixie Band, embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) perform for patients during a Pacific Partnership medical and dental civic action program held at the Dien Khanh Primary School in Nha Trang. This is the first time since 1975 that a U.S. military band has been permitted to perform in Vietnam. The mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 26, 2008) Dr. Viet Tran Trung, right, an East Meets West Foundation volunteer, and John Chan, a University of California, San Diego Pre-dental student, perform dental work on a patient during a Pacific Partnership medical and dental civic action program held at Dien Khanh Primary School in Nha Trang. Medical professionals from Vietnam will work with non-governmental organizations, Vietnamese health care professionals and local government officials providing focused medical care in partnership with American counterparts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 25, 2008) South Korean Navy Dentist Lt. Michael Sim, left, Canadian Army Dentist Lt. David Lee and East Meets West foundation Dental Director Capt. Charles Craft, perform tooth extractions on Vietnamese children as part of the Pacific Partnership dental civic action program. The East Meets West volunteers from Vietnam, the crew of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as well as partner nations and other non-governmental organizations will partner to bring medical, dental and engineering humanitarian civic assistance to those in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released)
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NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 25, 2008) Dr. Viet Trun Trung, an East Meets West Foundation volunteer, extracts a tooth from a Vietnamese child as part of the Pacific Partnership dental civic action program. The East Meets West volunteers from Vietnam, the crew of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as well as partner nations and other non-governmental organizations will partner to bring medical, dental and engineering humanitarian civic assistance to those in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 25, 2008) Cmdr. Monica Rueben, of the U.S. Public Health Service, performs a teeth cleaning on a local Vietnamese patient as part of the Pacific Partnership dental civic action program. The East Meets West volunteers from Vietnam, the crew of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as well as partner nations and other non-governmental organizations will partner to bring medical, dental and engineering humanitarian civic assistance to those in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 27, 2008) Vice Adm. Doug Crowder, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, looks on as Cmdr. Rosemarie Tan performs an examination on a patient during a tour of the medical civic action program site at the Dien Khanh Primary School. Crowder interacted with local patients and spoke with the crew of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating our continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Martin (Released)
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NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 25, 2008) East Meets West foundation Dental Director Capt. Charles Craft performs a tooth extraction on a Vietnamese child as part of the Pacific Partnership dental civic action program. The East Meets West volunteers from Vietnam, the crew of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as well as partner nations and other non-governmental organizations will partner to bring medical, dental and engineering humanitarian civic assistance to those in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 25, 2008) Cmdr. Monica Rueben, of the U.S. Public Health Service, performs a teeth cleaning on Vietnamese Army Junior Lt. Lam Xuan Hoa as part of the Pacific Partnership dental civic action program. The East Meets West volunteers from Vietnam, the crew of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as well as partner nations and other non-governmental organizations will partner to bring medical, dental and engineering humanitarian civic assistance to those in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 25, 2008) Canadian Army Capt. David Lee, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (TAH 19), extracts a tooth from a Vietnamese child as part of the Pacific Partnership dental civic action program. The East Meets West volunteers from Vietnam, the crew of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as well as partner nations and other non-governmental organizations will partner to bring medical, dental and engineering humanitarian civic assistance to those in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released)
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NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 25, 2008) – Royal Australian Air Force Flight LT Gordon Stevens (AUS) takes a swing while Indian Armed Forces Major Abhijit Goswami (INDIA) prepares to catch the ball during a Pacific Partnership community relations event. The international cricket match was made up of Vietnamese, Indians, Australians, and Americans. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating our continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 25, 2008) –An Australian officer prepares to take a swing at a cricket match during a Pacific Partnership 2008 community relations event. The international cricket match was made up of Vietnamese, Indians, Australians, and Americans. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating our continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 25, 2008) – Australian vs. Indian cricket team members pose for a group photo at a Pacific Partnership 2008 Community Relations event. The international cricket match was made up of Vietnamese, Indians, Australians, and Americans. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating our continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED)
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NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 25, 2008) – Royal Australian Air Force Flt. LT David Ball takes a swing during a cricket match at a community relations project as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. The international cricket match was made up of Vietnamese, Indians, Australians, and Americans. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating our continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. This mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 24, 2008) Cmdr. Bob Smith, a dentist with the U.S. Public Health Service, and Markus Hill, a University of California, San Diego Pre-Dental Society volunteer, examine a patient's teeth. This is the first time Vietnam is allowing the U.S. military to screen and perform surgeries since 1975. Teaming with the Government of Vietnam, the Pacific Partnership mission will conduct medical, dental and construction assistance programs ashore. All medical and dental assistance programs are coordinated with and approved by the Government of Vietnam. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 24, 2008) Cmdr. Bob Smith, right, a dentist with the U.S. Public Health Service, and Tu Nguyen, a Vietnamese translator and pre-dental student from the University of California, San Diego Pre-Dental Society, extract a tooth from a patient. This is the first time Vietnam is allowing the U.S. military to screen and perform surgeries since 1975. Teaming with the Government of Vietnam, the Pacific Partnership mission will conduct medical, dental and construction assistance programs ashore. All medical and dental assistance programs are coordinated with and approved by the Government of Vietnam. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton (Released)
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HANOI, Vietnam (June 24, 2008) Vice Adm. Doug Crowder, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, presents a plaque Vice Minister Nguyen Thi Xuyan during a meeting in Hanoi. Also pictured is Tran Hong Hai, Head of International Relations Department, Vietnam Ministry of Health, left, and Deputy Chief of Mission Jonathan Aloisi, U.S. Embassy Hanoi. Crowder is in Vietnam to visit the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), which is conducting a 10-day humanitarian civic assistance mission in and around Nha Trang as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Dawn Cutler (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 23, 2008) -- Australian Army Engineer Sapper Pfc. Javier Studenko and Equipment Operator 2nd Class Luis Cruz, both assigned aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) lay blocks for the 250 ft. wall perimeter at the Ninh Hoa Orphanage in Vietnam.  Personnel from Vietnam, the crew of USNS Mercy as well as partner nations and non-governmental organizations will partner to bring medical and engineering humanitarian civic assistance to those in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 23, 2008) Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jason Pingeton, left, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) paints a metal fence railing alongside Lt. Col. Sanje S. Hiremath, an Indian Army Engineer, at the Ninh Hoa Orphanage in Vietnam. Personnel from Vietnam, the Mercy crew as well as partner nations and non-governmental organizations will partner to bring medical and engineering humanitarian civic assistance to those in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released)
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NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 23, 2008) The Vinpearl Resort and Spa sign is displayed as the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS mercy (T-AH 19) is anchored off the coast of Nha Trang. Personnel from Vietnam, the Mercy crew as well as partner nations and non-governmental organizations will partner to bring medical and engineering humanitarian civic assistance to those in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 23, 2008) Master-at-Arms Seaman Kevin McMaster and Engineman Fireman Ross Viens, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), paint a metal fence railing at the Ninh Hoa Orphanage in Vietnam. Personnel from Vietnam, the Mercy crew as well as partner nations and non-governmental organizations will partner to bring medical and engineering humanitarian civic assistance to those in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 22, 2008) Utilitiesman Constructionman Samuel Collins, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), cuts a board for an awning during a Pacific Partnership engineering civic assistance program. Mercy, anchored off the coast of Nha Trang, is on a five-month humanitarian civic assistance mission in support of Pacific Partnership 2008. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bi-lateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating the two countries continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy photo By Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Seavey (Released)
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VIETNAM (June 22, 2008) Dr. Lam Hoi Phuong, a plastic surgeon with Operation Smile Vietnam, performs an operation to fix a cleft palate aboard the the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19). This is the first time that Operation Smile Vietnam has partnered with the U.S. Navy and performed surgeries aboard a U.S. Navy vessel. Mercy serves as an enabling platform through which multi-national military, medical teams and non-governmental organizations can coordinate humanitarian efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Arwen Chisholm (Released) VIETNAM (June 22, 2008) Dr. Lam Hoi Phuong, a plastic surgeon with Operation Smile Vietnam, performs an operation to fix a cleft palate aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19). This is the first time that Operation Smile Vietnam has partnered with the U.S. Navy and performed surgeries aboard a U.S. Navy vessel. Mercy serves as an enabling platform through which multi-national military, medical teams and non-governmental organizations can coordinate humanitarian efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Arwen Chisholm (Released) ABOARD USNS MERCY, Vietnam- Vietnamese locals look on as the USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) Navy Band puts on a performance during a Medical Civic Action Program at the Dien Lac Primary School in Nha Trang. This is the first time a U.S. Military band has played in Nha Trang since 1975. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating our 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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VIETNAM (June 21, 2008) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) Chief Engineer, Joseph Watts, in white, explains the inner workings of the engine room to Deputy Chief of Mission from the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, Jon M. Aloisi, during a tour aboard. Aloisi explained the significance of Mercy's arrival in Nha Trang, the first visit of an American naval vessel to this city in more than 30 years. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class A. Nick De La Cruz (Released) ABOARD USNS MERCY, Vietnam- A Vietnamese patient looks on as the USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) Navy Band puts on a performance during a Medical Civic Action Program at the Dien Lac Primary School in Nha Trang. This is the first time a U.S. Military band has played in Nha Trang since 1975. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bilateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating our 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) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 21, 2008) – Cmdr. Kenneth Kubis, Director of Surgical Services, explains the functions of the operating room to Miss Universe contestants during their tour of USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy is a naval hospital ship currently anchored off the coast of Nha Trang, Vietnam, conducting its second mission site in support of Pacific Partnership 2008. This is the first time since 1975 that the Vietnamese government has allowed their citizens to receive surgery aboard a U.S. military vessel. The mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel. (CPF RELEASED)
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HA TRANG, Vietnam (21 June 2008) – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kate Thomas, of the USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), gives a Vietnamese man an eye exam during a medical civic assistance program. Mercy, anchored off the coast of Nha Trang, is currently on a five-month humanitarian civic assistance mission in support of Pacific Partnership 2008. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bi-lateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating the two countries continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy Photo By Mass Communications Specialist Second Class (SW) Joseph Seavey. (CPF RELEASED) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 21, 2008) Sailors and non-governmental organization personnel from the the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) take vital signs from a Vietnamese woman during a medical civic assistance program. Mercy, anchored off the coast of Nha Trang, ison a five-month humanitarian cruise in support of Pacific Partnership 2008. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bi-lateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating the two countries continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy photo By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Seavey (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (21 June 2008) – Samantha Tajik, a Miss Universe contestant for Canada, plays with a Vietnamese child before going aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy, anchored off the coast of Nha Trang, is currently on a five-month humanitarian civic assistance mission in support of Pacific Partnership 2008. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bi-lateral relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, demonstrating the two countries continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy Photo By Mass Communications Specialist Second Class (SW) Joseph Seavey. (CPF RELEASED)
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NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 21, 2008) U.S. Navy Cmdr. Alex Kordis, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), and University of California San Diego dental student Jenny Totten perform dental work on a Vietnamese child during a medical civic assistance program. Mercy, anchored off the coast of Nha Trang, is on a five-month humanitarian civic assistance mission in support of Pacific Partnership 2008. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bi-lateral relations between the United States and Vietnam, demonstrating the two countries continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy photo By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Seavey (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 20, 2008) Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Gage, left, a physical therapist, and Vietnamese physician Nguyen Thi Hai Yen help a patient perform exercises using a rubber ribbon to alleviate arthritis in his ankle. Personnel from Vietnam, the crew of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), public health/preventive medicine personnel and medical personnel from the United States military as well as partner nations and non-governmental organizations will partner to bring medical humanitarian civic assistance to those in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 20, 2008) A band aid boat from the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) transports a group of Vietnamese military distinguished visitors for a tour aboard the ship. The hospital ship is the first foreign military vessel to visit Nha Trang since 1975. The Pacific Partnership deployment to Vietnam continues to improve bilateral relations between the United States and Vietnam, demonstrating our continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released)
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NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 20, 2008) Capt. Eric Kuncir, a surgeon assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and Dr. Do Hoai Ky, a Vietnamese surgeon, perform a laparoscopic cholecystectomy on a Vietnamese patient during the Pacific Partnership mission in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. This mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials.U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Joseph Seavey (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 20, 2008) Jonathan Holloway, right, a medical student with the non-governmental organization, Pre-dental society of the University of California, San Diego, helps a patient find the right pair of prescription glasses. Personnel from Vietnam, the crew of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), public health/preventive medicine personnel and medical personnel from the United States military as well as partner nations and non-governmental organizations will partner to bring medical humanitarian civic assistance to those in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 20, 2008) -- Jonathan Holloway (right), a medical student with the non-governmental organization, Pre-dental society of the University of California, San Diego, with the assistance of a Vietnamese physician, Nguyen Thi Ai Trinh, helps a patient find the right pair of prescription glasses.  Personnel from Vietnam, the crew of USNS Mercy, public health/preventive medicine personnel and medical personnel from the United States military as well as partner nations and non-governmental organizations will partner to bring medical humanitarian civic assistance to those in the region.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED)
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Vietnam (June 20, 2008) Cmdr. Trent Douglas, a staff plastic surgeon assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), sorts through surgical equipment before scheduled shipboard surgeries. Douglas is part of a surgical team that will perform 100 of the first American-led surgeries in Vietnam since 1975. Mercy surgeons will surgically repair cleft pallets and burn injuries.. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Seward (CPF RELEASED)) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 20, 2008) Cmdr. Trent Douglas, a staff plastic surgeon assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), sorts through surgical equipment before scheduled shipboard surgeries. Douglas is part of a surgical team that will perform 100 of the first American-led surgeries in Vietnam since 1975. Mercy surgeons will surgically repair cleft pallets and burn injuries.. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Seward (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 19, 2008) Cmdr. Kenneth Kubis, director of surgical services aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), conducts an eye exam at a Pacific Partnership surgical screening held at Khanh Hoa General Hospital. This is the first time Vietnam is allowing the U.S. military to screen and perform surgeries since 1975. Teaming with the Government of Vietnam, the Pacific Partnership mission will conduct medical, dental and construction assistance programs ashore. All medical and dental assistance programs are coordinated with and approved by the Government of Vietnam. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton (Released)
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ABOARD USNS MERCY, Vietnam (June 19, 2008) -- Chef Cheryl C. Andres shows Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Ireen Decastro how to decorate a piece of melon.  As part of the Department of the Navy’s Adopt-a-ship program Chef Andres is scheduled to stay aboard Mercy from June 15 through July 8 to give on the job training for the culinary specialists.  Mercy is on a humanitarian mission to build friendships through medical and engineering civic action programs.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 19, 2008) Capt. William A. Kearns, the Pacific Partnership mission commander embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), receives a bouquet of flowers during the opening ceremony of the Pacific Partnership mission in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. This mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 19, 2008) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is anchored off the coast of Nha Trang for a Pacific Partnership mission in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. This mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel (Released)
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ABOARD USNS MERCY, Vietnam-Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kristy Grobelny, reviews data on a vital signs machine while working in the Discharging Planning section aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).  Grobelny said she is excited to part of this mission since it is the first time a foreign military vessel has visited Nha Trang since 1975. “Vietnam is a beautiful country and this is a positive experience that I will always remember,” said Grobelny. “This will make our connections stronger and will allow us to help a lot of good people.” U.S Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin (CPF Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 21, 2008) Simran Kaur Mundi, a Miss Universe contestant representing India, visits a young Operation Smile patient during her tour of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy is anchored off the coast of Nha Trang, conducting its second mission site in support of Pacific Partnership 2008. This is the first time since 1975 that the Vietnamese government has allowed their citizens to receive surgery aboard a U.S. military vessel. The mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel (Released) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 21, 2008) – Jennifer Barrientos, a Miss Universe contestant representing the Philippines, gives a teddy bear to a young Operation Smile patient during her tour of USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy is a naval hospital ship currently anchored off the coast of Nha Trang, Vietnam, conducting its second mission site in support of Pacific Partnership 2008. This is the first time since 1975 that the Vietnamese government has allowed their citizens to receive surgery aboard a U.S. military vessel. The mission involves partnerships with the armed forces of Vietnam, Vietnamese health care professionals, and local government officials. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel. (CPF RELEASED)
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ABOARD USNS MERCY, Vietnam-Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kristy Grobelny, checks the vital signs of a patient while working in the Discharging Planning section aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).  Grobelny said she is excited to part of this mission since it is the first time a foreign military vessel has visited Nha Trang since 1975. “Vietnam is a beautiful country and this is a positive experience that I will always remember,” said Grobelny. “This will make our connections stronger and will allow us to help a lot of good people.” U.S Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin (CPF Released) ABOARD USNS MERCY, At sea (June 17, 2008) – Hospital Corpsmen attending the 110th Hospital Corps Birthday celebration aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) raise their hands and recite the Hospital Corpsman Pledge.  Mercy, is a Naval hospital ship currently deployed to support Pacific Partnership 2008, a humanitarian and civil assistance mission building on friendship between partner nations and strengthening relationships of the past. Mercy visited the Republic of the Philippines and is scheduled to visit Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Federated States of Micronesia.   U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel. (CPF RELEASED) ABOARD USNS MERCY (18 Jun 2008) At Sea - USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) performs an underway replenishment with the USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199). Mercy is a hospital ship currently deployed to support Pacific Partnership 2008,a humanitarian and civic assistance mission building on friendship between partner nations and strengthening relationships of the past.Mercy is scheduled to visit Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Federated States of Micronesia. U.S. Navy photo by MassCommunication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Joseph Seavey. (CPF RELEASED)
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ABOARD USNS MERCY (T-AH 19), Republic of the Philippines (17 June 2008) –The Honorable Kristie A. Kenney, Ambassador of the United States, is interviewed by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Danny Hayes, during a reception ceremony onboard Mercy.The Pacific Partnership 2008 deployment to the Republic of the Philippines shows the longstanding ties between the U.S. and the Philippines, as well as continued commitment to working together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED) ABOARD USNS MERCY, At sea (June 17, 2008) – In celebration of the 110th Hospital Corps Birthday, Capt. James Rice, Commanding Officer of the Military Treatment Facility, cuts the cake with the oldest and youngest Hospital Corpsmen aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy, is a Naval hospital ship currently deployed to support Pacific Partnership 2008, a humanitarian and civil assistance mission building on friendship between partner nations and strengthening relationships of the past. Mercy visited the Republic of the Philippines and is scheduled to visit Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Federated States of Micronesia.   U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel. (CPF RELEASED) PHILIPPINES (June 17, 2008) , co-director of the Pacific Partnership 2008 mission, left; Dept. of Foreign Affairs undersecretary for international and economic relations; U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines ; and Capt. Crispin P. Mercado, mission co-director; cut a cake together during a reception ceremony aboard Mercy. Mercy will leave for their next phase of the Pacific Partnership mission in Vietnam. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Martin (Released)
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MANILA, Republic of the Philippines (June 16, 2008) – Sailors from Pacific Partnership take time from their humanitarian civic assistance mission to honor fallen American heroes during a wreath laying ceremony at the Manila American Memorial Cemetery. Pacific Partnership is a mission between the Republic of the Philippines, the United States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to conduct medical, dental, veterinary, and construction assistance programs ashore and afloat.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) James Seward.  (CPF RELEASED) CALBAYOG CITY, Republic of the Philippines (June 11, 2008) – Armed Forces of the Philippines Army Capt. Gloven Ley, removes his 546 Engineer Construction Battalion patch from his uniform and offers it as a remembrance plaque to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 Detachment Officer-in-charge, Lt. Amy Yoon. The Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 were sent to Samar to perform engineering civic action programs to help improve basic health and living conditions. In addition to providing humanitarian assistance, Pacific Partnership also provides valuable experience for our engineering personnel, including the opportunity to learn from and train with Philippine engineers. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED) LINAMON, Republic of the Philippines (June 10, 2008) – Canadian Armed Forces Lt. Sarah L. O’Brien dispenses pharmaceutical prescriptions at a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program held at an elementary school in Barangay Mandulog, Iligan City. O’brien worked alongside Philippine Red Cross volunteers, Armed Forces of the Philippines medical specialists and U.S. Navy physicians to dispense medicine to awaiting patients. The medical, dental and engineering civic action programs assist the government of the Republic of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) A. Nick De La Cruz (CPF RELEASED)
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MANILA, Republic of the Philippines (June 16, 2008) – Sailors from Pacific Partnership take time from their humanitarian civic assistance mission to honor fallen American heroes during a wreath laying ceremony at the Manila American Memorial Cemetery. Pacific Partnership is a mission between the Republic of the Philippines, the United States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to conduct medical, dental, veterinary, and construction assistance programs ashore and afloat.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) James Seward.  (CPF RELEASED) MANILA, Republic of the Philippines (June 16, 2008) –Pacific Partnership Mission Commander, Capt. William Kearns, takes time from the humanitarian civic assistance mission to honor fallen American heroes during a wreath laying ceremony at the Manila American Memorial Cemetery. Pacific Partnership is a mission between the Republic of the Philippines, the United States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to conduct medical, dental, veterinary, and construction assistance programs ashore and afloat.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) James Seward.  (CPF RELEASED) MANILA, Philippines (June 16, 2008) Sailors assigned to Pacific Partnership 2008 take time from their humanitarian civic assistance mission to honor fallen American heroes during a wreath laying ceremony at the Manila American Memorial Cemetery. Pacific Partnership is a mission between the Republic of the Philippines, the United States and non-governmental organizations to conduct medical, dental, veterinary, and construction assistance programs ashore and afloat. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Seward (Released)
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COTABATO, Republic of the Philippines (June 13, 2008) – A helicopter performs a vertical replenishment from the USNS Concord (T-AH 3017) bringing fresh supplies to USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) while it transits to Samar, Philippines . The U.S. Navy is deploying the Mercy for Pacific Partnership 2008 as an enabling platform through which multi-national military, medical teams and non-governmental organizations can coordinate humanitarian effort providing various medical, dental and civic-action programs in the area. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Chief (NAC) Jon D. Gesch. (CPF RELEASED) COTABATO, Republic of the Philippines (June 13, 2008) – A helicopter performs a vertical replenishment from the USNS Concord (T-AH 3017) bringing fresh supplies to USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) while it transits to Samar, Philippines. The U.S. Navy is deploying the Mercy for Pacific Partnership 2008 as an enabling platform through which multi-national military, medical teams and non-governmental organizations can coordinate humanitarian effort providing various medical, dental and civic-action programs in the area. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Chief (NAC) Jon D. Gesch. (CPF RELEASED) CALBAYOG CITY, Philippines (June 11, 2008) Citizens of Calbayog City wait for their turn at a Pacific Partnership 2008 medical civic action program. The Pacific Partnership medical team is in Calbayog City in Samar, Philippines working with local health professionals to deliver physical exams and consultations to people in need. Pacific Partnership is working with local officials to assist the government of the Philippines with a wide range of services including medical, dental and engineering projects. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released)
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COTABATO, Philippines (June 13, 2008) A helicopter transfers supplies during a vertical replenishment from the Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS Concord (T-AFS 5) and the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy is participating in Pacific Partnership 2008 as an enabling platform through which multi-national military, medical teams and non-governmental organizations can coordinate humanitarian effort providing various medical, dental and civic-action programs in the Philippines. (Released) COTABATO, Philippines (June 7, 2008) Cmdr. Kenneth Kubis, director of surgical services aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), uses an operating microscope while performing cataract eye surgery for Marylin Kansi, a 12-year-old girl from Cotabato. Mercy is anchored off the coast of Cotabato for its first mission site supporting Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel (Released) ABOARD USNS MERCY (June 07, 2008) – U.S. Navy Capt. Erik Kuncir, trauma and general care surgeon, works along side Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Cmdr. Uchida Takefumi, a general care surgeon, during a surgery held aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy is currently deployed to the Republic of the Philippines completing its first mission site in support of Pacific Partnership 2008.  The Pacific Partnership deployment to the Republic of the Philippines exemplifies the longstanding ties between our two countries, and the continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel. (CPF RELEASED)
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CALBAYOG CITY, Philippines (June 14, 2008) U.S. ambassador Kristie Kenney, left, and Calbayog City Mayor Mel Serimento unveil a completion plaque for the newly renovated Calbayog Health Clinic. The clinic was renovated in by U.S. Navy Seabees and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines engineers during a Pacific Partnership 2008 engineering civic action program. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) CALBAYOG CITY, Philippines (June 11, 2008) U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Mike Lukich, a member of the Civil Engineer Corps assigned to the 30th Naval Construction Regiment based at Port Hueneme, Calif., congratulates Filipino children as they finish a 3K/5K fun-run in Calbayog City. Lukich and members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 based in Gulfport, Miss., are in Calbayog City in Samar, Philippines to perform engineering civic action programs to help improve basic health and living conditions. Pacific Partnership is working with local officials to assist the government of the Philippines with a wide range of services including medical, dental and engineering projects. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) CALBAYOG CITY, Philippines (June 11, 2008) Chief Hospital Corpsman Israel Matando, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), makes repairs on an operating room light at the Calbayog District Hospital. The Pacific Partnership 2008 medical repair team is in Calbayog City in Samar, Philippines to share their technical expertise with doctors and other medical professionals. Pacific Partnership is working with local officials to assist the government of the Philippines with a wide range of services including medical, dental and engineering projects. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released)
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CALBAYOG CITY, Philippines (June 11, 2008) Lt. Cmdr. Ron Citro, a dentist embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), performs a tooth extraction on a patient in an improvised dental office. The Pacific Partnership medical team is in Calbayog City in Samar, Philippines working with local health professionals to deliver physical exams and consultations to people in need. Pacific Partnership is working with local officials to assist the government of the Philippines to assist local communities with a wide range of services including medical, dental and engineering projects. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) COTABATO, Philippines (June 11, 2008) Filipino translators and volunteers wave goodbye as they depart the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), on the last Band Aid boat. Pacific Partnership is working with local officials to assist the government of the Philippines with a wide range of services including medical, dental and engineering projects. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel (Released) DATU PIANG, Republic of the Philippines (June 11, 2008) –Honored guests cut the ceremonial ribbon at the opening of the newly renovated Rural Health Clinic Datu Piang, Philippines.  The clinic was renovated in partnership by U.S. Navy Seabees, Armed Forces of the Philippine Engineers and the Australian Army First Combat Engineer regiment in support of a Pacific Partnership engineering civic action program. Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Republic of the Philippines in providing medical, dental, and engineering civic action programs. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Lars Herman. (CPF RELEASED)
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MINDANAO, Philippines (June 10, 2008) Honored guests cut the ceremonial ribbon during the opening of the newly renovated Tamontaka Health Clinic in Broce, Philippines during a Pacific Partnership engineering civic action program. Seabees, Armed Forces of the Philippines Engineers, and members of the Royal Australian Army First Combat Engineer regiment are conducting civic action projects in the area at the request of the Philippines government. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Seavey (Released) CALBAYOG CITY, Republic of the Philippines (June 10, 2008) – Seabees from Naval Construction Battalion 133 and Armed Forces of the Philippines soldiers from 546th Engineer Construction Battalion work together to dig a small trench at the site of the future septic tank filtration system for the Greenland subdivision septic tank project they are building as part of a Pacific Partnership Engineering Civic Action Program.  Pacific Partnership not only builds structures that would benefit the local communities but also helps to build friendships between the people of the Philippines and the United States.    U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED) Philippines (June 10, 2008) Capt. James P. Rice, the medical treatment facility commanding officer assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH- 19), presents a midwife at the Tamontaka Health Clinic with a Mercy command coin. Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Philippines in providing medical, dental, and engineering civic action programs. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Seavey (Released)
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CALBAYOG CITY, Republic of the Philippines (June 9, 2008) – Armed Forces of the Philippines Army Pfc. Elimar Romero, of the 546th Engineer Construction Battalion, and Builder 3rd Class (SCW) Zachary Fiorey, of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, transport a wheelbarrow full of concrete for the Greenland Subdivision waste water treatment project.  The waste water treatment system is one of five projects being constructed in Samar as part of Pacific Partnership 2008.  Pacific Partnership 2008 is a humanitarian mission aimed to build friendships between the Philippines and the United States.  U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED) CALBAYOG CITY, Philippines (June 8, 2008) Pfc. Joseph Lumagod, assigned to the Armed Forces of the Philippines 546th Engineer Construction Battalion, assists Builder 3rd Class Zachary Fiorey, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, in making wooden forms for the concrete manholes for the Greenland subdivision septic tank system during a Pacific Partnership Engineering Civic Action Program. The Pacific Partnership team of regional partners, non-governmental organizations (NGO), military engineers, doctors and healthcare providers has been asked by the government of the Philippines to conduct various medical, dental and civic-action programs in the area. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) MALABANG, Republic of the Philippines (June 7, 2008) – Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Kenneth A. Byam (right) and student nurse Normedah Ibrahim conduct an eye examination on a patient at a Pacific Partnership medical and dental civic action program at the Malabang National High School in Malabang. Ibrahim was one of 23 student nurses from the Hope Healthcare Institute Inc. based in Marawi City, Philippines. The student nurses assisted physicians, acted as translators and helped with screening potential patients at the MEDCAP site. The Pacific Partnership team is dedicated to working together with friends, partners, and the regional community in support of host nation efforts to help the people of the region. 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 (June 07, 2008) – U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kenneth Kubis, director of surgical services for Pacific Partnership 2008, and U.S. Air Force Capt. Tighe Richardson, both attached to USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), use an operating microscope while performing cataract eye surgery. The surgery was an attempt to return sight to Marylin Kansi, a 12-year-old girl from Cotabato, Republic of the Philippines; the surgery was successful, she can now see light, shapes and colors for the first time in eight years.  Mercy is currently anchored off the coast of Cotabato for its first mission site in support of Pacific Partnership 2008.  The Pacific Partnership deployment to the Republic of the Philippines shows the long-standing ties between the United States and R.P., and the continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel. (CPF RELEASED) MALABANG, Philippines (June 7, 2008) Lt. Cmdr. Ralph L. Raya, left, and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Charlene Ramilo, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) conduct dental procedures during a Pacific Partnership medical and dental civic action program at the Malabang National High School. More than 140 patients were seen and treated during the one-day medical assistance program. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class A. Nick De La Cruz (Released) ABOARD USNS MERCY (June 07, 2008) –Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Cmdr. Uchida Takefumi, a general care surgeon, assists his American counterparts in surgeries while deployed aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy is currently deployed to the Republic of the Philippines completing its first mission site in support of Pacific Partnership 2008.  The Pacific Partnership deployment to the Republic of the Philippines exemplifies the longstanding ties between our two countries, and the continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel. (CPF RELEASED)
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ABOARD USNS MERCY (June 07, 2008) – U.S. Navy Capt. Erik Kuncir, trauma and general care surgeon, works along side Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Cmdr. Uchida Takefumi, general care surgeon, during a surgery held aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy is currently deployed to the Republic of the Philippines completing its first mission site in support of Pacific Partnership 2008.  The Pacific Partnership deployment to the Republic of the Philippines exemplifies the longstanding ties between our two countries, and the continued commitment to work together to address mutual issues and concerns.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel. (CPF RELEASED) COTABATO, Philippines (June 07, 2008) Cmdr. Kenneth Kubis, director of surgical services for Pacific Partnership 2008, and U.S. Air Force Capt. Tighe Richardson, both assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), use an operating microscope while performing cataract eye surgery to return sight to a 12-year-old girl from Cotabato. The successful surgery has allowed Kansi to see light, shapes and colors for the first time in eight years. Mercy is anchored off the coast of Cotabato for supporting Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel (Released) COTABATO, Philippines (June 7, 2008) Cmdr. Kenneth Kubis, director of surgical services for Pacific Partnership 2008, and Air Force Capt. Tighe Richardson, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), use an operating microscope while performing cataract eye surgery for Marylin Kansi, a 12-year-old girl from Cotabato. Mercy is anchored off the coast of Cotabato for its first mission site supporting Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel (Released)
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CALBAYOG CITY, Republic of the Philippines (June 7, 2008) – Seabees from Naval Construction Battalion 133 and Armed Forces of the Philippines soldiers from 546th Engineer Construction Battalion carry a large wooden form to the construction site.  The form will be used to create concrete manholes for the Greenland subdivision septic tank system they are building as part of a Pacific Partnership Engineering Civic Action Program.  Pacific Partnership not only builds structures that would benefit the local communities but also helps to build friendships between the people of the Philippines and the United States.    U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED) COTABATO, Philippines (June 9, 2008) A MH-60S helicopter assigned to Helicopter Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, based out of San Diego, Calif., flies over Illana Bay, Philippines towards a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program. The Pacific Partnership team of regional partners, non-governmental organizations (NGOís), military engineers, doctors and healthcare providers has been asked by the government of the Philippines to conduct various medical, dental and civic-action programs in the area. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communications Specialist Jon Gesch (Released) PHILIPPINES (June 6, 2008) Capt. Kathy Goldberg, a physical therapist aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), assists Romeo Bintoy with taking his first steps in eight years after having corrective plastic surgery. Pacific Partnership program assists the government of the Philippines 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 Joseph Seavey (Released)
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CALBAYOG CITY, Philippines (June 7, 2008) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 and Armed Forces of the Philippines soldiers from the 546th Engineer Construction Battalion carry a wooden form to the construction site to create concrete manholes for the Greenland subdivision septic tank system during a Pacific Partnership engineering civic action program. The Pacific Partnership team of regional partners, non-governmental organizations (NGO), military engineers, doctors and healthcare providers has been asked by the government of the Philippines to conduct various medical, dental and civic-action programs in the area. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) COTABATO, Philippines (June 9, 2008) An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, based out of San Diego, Calif., prepares to board medical personnel from the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) for transit to a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program. The Pacific Partnership team of regional partners, non-governmental organizations, military engineers, doctors and healthcare providers has been asked by the government of the Philippines to conduct various medical, dental and civic-action programs in the area. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communications Specialist Jon Gesch (Released) COTABATO, Republic of the Philippines (June 9, 2008) – A MH-60S helicopter from Helicopter Combat Squadron 21, based out of San Diego, Calif. boards U.S. Navy medical personnel from the USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in preparation for transit to a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines the Pacific Partnership team of regional partners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), military engineers, doctors and healthcare providers will conduct various medical, dental and civic-action programs in the area.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Chief (NAC) Jon Gesch. (CPF RELEASED)
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ABOARD USNS MERCY (T-AH 19), Republic of the Philippines (7 June 2008) – Romeo Bintoy, age 15, works to fulfill his goal of riding a bicycle again after he lost the use of his legs eight years ago. The Pacific Partnership 2008 deployment to the Republic of the Philippines shows the longstanding ties between the U.S. and the Philippines and a continued commitment to working together. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF Released) COTABATO, Philippines (June 5, 2008) Capt. Susan St. Onge, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), checks a patient's vital signs during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program. Pacific Partnership program assists the government of the Philippines 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 Joseph Seavey (Released) BULOL, Republic of the Philippines (June 4, 2008) – Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Bashan Faure checks in patients arriving at a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program. The Pacific Partnership programs assist the government of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services. These services include 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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PHILIPPINES (June 7, 2008) Three-year-old Jose Angelo Dacuycuy eats his first meal after having surgery to correct his Hirschsprung's disease. The Pacific Partnership 2008 deployment to the Republic of the Philippines shows the longstanding ties between the U.S. and the Philippines and a continued commitment to working together. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Martin (Released) ABOARD USNS MERCY (T-AH 19), Republic of the Philippines (7 June 2008) – Three-year-old Jose Angelo Dacuycuy eats his first meal after having surgery to correct his Hirschsprung's disease. The Pacific Partnership 2008 deployment to the Republic of the Philippines shows the longstanding ties between the U.S. and the Philippines and a continued commitment to working together. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joshua Martin. (CPF RELEASED) PHILIPPINES (June 7, 2008) Three-year-old Jose Angelo Dacuycuy and Hospital Corpsman Daniel Garrett play with a balloon after Dacuycuy received surgery to correct his Hirschsprung's disease. The Pacific Partnership 2008 deployment to the Republic of the Philippines shows the longstanding ties between the U.S. and the Philippines and a continued commitment to working together. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Martin (Released)
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SAMAR, Philippines (June 7, 2008) Armed Forces of the Philippines engineers work with Navy Seabees (not pictured) on the Greenland subdivision waste water treatment facility during a Pacific Partnership engineering civic action program. Pacific Partnership is a joint effort between the United States and the government of the Philippines to provide medical, dental, and engineering civic action programs. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Danny Hayes (Released) U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Danny Hayes (Released) GUIDULUNGAN, Philippines (June 6, 2008) Musician 2nd Class Robert Taylor plays a traditional Philippine kulintang during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program at Poblacion Elementary School. The Pacific Fleet Band and a traditional Maguindanaon folk group shared their music throughout the day, entertaining patients while they waited for medical assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Seward (Released) SAMAR, Republic of the Philippines (June 7, 2008) – Local Officials from Calbayog City and members of Pacific Partnership discuss the progress of the waste water treatment facility at Greenland Subdivision in Calbayog.  U.S. Navy Seabees and Armed Forces of the Philippines engineers are working side by side on this Pacific Partnership engineering civic action program.   Engineering professionals from the Armed Forces of the Philippines will work with local government officials during the Philippine portion of the deployment, sharing engineering knowledge with their American counterparts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Danny Hayes. (CPF RELEASED)
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GUIDULUNGAN, Republic of the Philippines (June 6, 2008) – Musician 2nd Class Robert Taylor teaches a child basic drum techniques during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program at Poblacion Elementary School.  The Pacific Fleet Band and a traditional Maguindanaon folk group shared their music throughout the day, entertaining patients while they waited for medical assistance.  Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Philippines 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) GUIDULUNGAN, Philippines (June 6, 2008) Musician 2nd Class Robert Taylor plays a traditional Philippine kulintang during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program at Poblacion Elementary School. The Pacific Fleet Band and a traditional Maguindanaon folk group shared their music throughout the day, entertaining patients while they waited for medical assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Seward (Released) PHILIPPINES (June 6, 2008) Capt. Kathy Goldberg, a physical therapist aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), assists Romeo Bintoy with taking his first steps in eight years after having corrective plastic surgery. Pacific Partnership program assists the government of the Philippines 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 Joseph Seavey (Released)
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COTABATO, Republic of the Philippines (5 June 2008) – A Filipino man shaves wood for rice cooking near the site of a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program. In addition to providing humanitarian assistance, Pacific Partnership also provides valuable experience for our medical personnel, including the opportunity to learn from and train with the Philippine community. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Joseph Seavey. (CPF RELEASED) COTABATO, Republic of the Philippines (5 June 2008) – Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Taylor Blackman, of USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), assists a patient in finding a suitable pair of eye glasses during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program. Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Republic of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services to include various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs to providing focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Joseph Seavey. (CPF RELEASED) COTABATO, Philippines (June 5, 2008) Lt. Cmdr. Brian Hutto, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), pulls a tooth from a patient during a Pacific Partnership dental civic action program. Pacific Partnership program assists the government of the Philippines 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 Joseph Seavey (Released)
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BULOL, Republic of the Philippines (June 4, 2008) – Joe Gholson, a Southeast Missouri State University optometry student, tests the eye sight of a patient during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program. The Pacific Partnership programs assist the government of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services. These services include 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) BULOL, Philippines (June 4, 2008) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Bashan Faure checks in patients arriving at a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program. The Pacific Partnership programs assist the government of the Philippines 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 James Seward (Released) BULOL, Philippines (June 4, 2008) Joe Gholson, a Southeast Missouri State University optometry student, tests the sight of a patient during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program. Pacific Partnership program assists the government of the Philippines 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 James Seward (Released)
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PHILIPPINES (June 3, 2008) Pacific Partnership Surgeons aboard the Mercy perform a colostomy takedown on a patient the Philippines. The Pacific Partnership programs assist the government of the Philippines 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 Joseph Seavey (Released) ABOARD USNS MERCY (T-AH 19), At sea (June 3, 2008) -- Pediatric Surgeon Cmdr. Stephanie Kapfer work side by side with Filipino Surgeon Dr. Lito Chio as they perform surgery on a Filipino child. After USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) leaves the region, Choi will take care of the follow-on treatment and care of the child. Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Republic of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services to include various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs to provide focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED) ABOARD USNS MERCY (T-AH 19), Republic of the Philippines (June 3, 2008) - Four Filipinos give a thumbs-up to the camera after successfully receiving vision restoration surgery from U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kenneth Kubis, right, aboard the Mercy. Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Republic of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services to include various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs to provide focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Master Chief Ship’s Serviceman (SW/AW) May Cobb. (CPF RELEASED)
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COTABATO, Philippines (June 03, 2008) Air Force Senior Airman Kate Thomas, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), assists a patient in finding a suitable pair of glasses during a Pacific Partnership Medical Civic Action Program at a school in Cotabato. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel (Released) ABOARD USNS MERCY (T-AH 19), At sea (June 3, 2008) – U.S. Pediatric Surgeon Cmdr. Stephanie Kapfer and Filipino Surgeon Dr. Lito Chio perform surgery on a Filipino child aboard  USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. After the hospital ship leaves the region, Choi will provide the follow-on treatment and care of the child.  Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Republic of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services to include various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs to provide focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED) COTABATO, Philippines (June 03, 2008) Lt. Cmdr. Ralph L. Raya, a dentist assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), performs a tooth extraction with the aid of a translator during a Pacific Partnership Medical Civic Action Program at a Cotabato school. Pacific Partnership helps the government of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services including various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Valcarcel (Released) )
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BULDON,, Republic of the Philippines (June 2, 2008) -- Musician 2nd Class Melinda Gaines, of the U.S. Pacific Fleet band, serving aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) for Pacific Partnership 2008, colors with a Filipino child in June 2.  The Pacific Partnership humanitarian and community outreach activities further our efforts together with our many partners in the Philippines to achieve prosperity and peace in Mindanao and throughout the Philippines. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED) BULDON, Republic of the Philippines (June 2, 2008) – A reflection of Pacific Fleet band is caught on the rim of a trombone as the U.S. Pacific Fleet band performs at Pacific Partnership in Buldon, Shariff, Kabunsuan, Philippines.  Pacific Partnership humanitarian and community outreach activities further our efforts together with our many partners in the Philippines to achieve prosperity and peace in Mindanao and throughout the Philippines. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED) BULDON, Philippines (June 2, 2008) Musician 3rd Class Anthony Chiles assigned to the Pacific Fleet band aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) plays a solo trumpet at an elementary school in the district of Buldon, Shariff, Kabunsuan, Philippines. Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services including various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs to provide focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released)
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PHILIPPINES (June 3, 2008) Capt. James P. Rice, commanding officer of the Military Treatment Facility aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), performs a colostomy takedown on a patient during Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership program assists the government of the Philippines 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 Joseph Seavey (Released) COTABATO, Philippines (June 3, 2008) Pediatric Surgeon Cmdr. Stephanie Kapfer works side by side with Filipino Surgeon Dr. Lito Chio as they perform surgery on a Filipino child aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Republic of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services to include various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs to provide focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) COTABATO, Philippines (June 3, 2008) Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Alfonso Alfonso organizes surgical instruments for surgery during a surgical procedure aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Republic of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services to include various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs to provide focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released)
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BULDON, Philippines (June 2, 2008) Canadian armed forces Sgt. Christopher Kerr, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), takes a blood pressure reading on a patient. The Pacific Partnership medical team is at an elementary school in the district of Buldon, Shariff, Kabunsuan, Philippines to give free physical exams and consultations to people in need. Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services including various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs to provide focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) BULDON, Philippines (June 2, 2008) Capt. Terry Leary, the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), assists Dr. Raul S. Delosa, of Integrated Provincial Health Office of Maguindanao, with as they check the teeth of their patient as Australian Dental Corps Flight Lt. Khai Nguyen observes the work being done. Medical professionals from the Philippines, Canada, Japan, and Australia are working side-by-side during Pacific Partnership 2008 providing medical, dental, veterinary and construction assistance programs ashore and afloat. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) DATU PINUG, Republic of Philippines (June 2, 2008) – Armed Forces of the Philippines Veterinarian Lt. Col. Benedict Abaga applies an anti-parasite spray onto a cow. Pacific Partnership veterinary civic action programs provide examinations and vaccinations against rabies and worms.  Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Republic of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services to include various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton. (CPF RELEASED)
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DATU PIANG, Republic of Philippines (June 2, 2008) – U.S. Army Capt. Rose Grimm injects a water buffalo with a vaccination.  Pacific Partnership veterinary civic action programs provide examinations and vaccinations against rabies and worms.  Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Republic of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services to include various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton. (CPF RELEASED)) DATU PIANG, Republic of Philippines (June 2, 2008) – U.S. Army Capt. Rose Grimm injects a Water Buffalo with a vaccination. Pacific Partnership veterinary civic action programs provide examinations and vaccinations against rabies and worms.  Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Republic of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services to include various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton. (CPF RELEASED) DATU PIANG, Philippines (June 2, 2008) Army Capt. Rose Grimm, along with Armed Forces of the Philippines Master Sgt. Ruben Bas-Awan, injects a Water Buffalo with a vaccination as part of a Pacific Partnership veterinary civic action program. Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Republic of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services to include various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs providing focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton (Released)
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Buldon, Republic of the Philippines (June 2, 2008) -- Lt. Cmdr. Edith Lederman,  a Navy doctor, checks the vital signs of a Filipino child while supporting Pacific Partnership 2008 in the Philippines. The Pacific Partnership medical team treated patients at elementary school in the district of Buldon, Shariff, Kabunsuan, Philippines, giving free physical exams and consultations to people.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico (CPF RELEASED) BULDON, Philippines (June 2, 2008) U.S. Navy Medical Cmdr. Rosemarie Tan, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), delivers a check-up to a child. The Pacific Partnership medical team is at an elementary school in the district of Buldon, Shariff, Kabunsuan, Philippines to give free physical exams and consultations to people in need. Pacific Partnership assists the government of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services including various medical, dental and engineering civic action programs to provide focused humanitarian assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released) BULDON, Philippines (June 2, 2008) Musician 1st Class Brian Chaplow, assigned to the Pacific Fleet band aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), talks with Filipino children as they play with their coloring books. Pacific Partnership humanitarian and community outreach activities further our efforts together with our many partners in the Philippines to achieve prosperity and peace in Mindanao and throughout the Philippines. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico (Released)
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COTABATO, Philippines (June 1, 2008) Sailors assigned to the Pacific Fleet Navy Band perform for families during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program. Medical professionals from the Philippines, Canada, Japan, and Australia are working side by side with their American counterparts during Pacific Partnership providing medical, dental, veterinary and construction assistance programs ashore and afloat. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Seward (Released) COTABATO, Philippines (June 1, 2008) Nurse Corps Capt. Susan St. Onge gives a medical exam during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). The Pacific Partnership programs assist the government of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services including 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) COTABATO, Philippines (June 1, 2008) Nurse Corps Capt. Susan St. Onge gives a medical exam during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). The Pacific Partnership programs assist the government of the Philippines in providing local communities with a wide range of services including 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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