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Australia participates in international humanitarian mission

Medical care was a key component of the exercise."

An United States-led humanitarian mission has been successfully concluded this week, with key involvement from international militaries, including Australia.

The Exercise Pacific Partnership is an annual event with an aim of bolstering existing bilateral relationships with countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It involved Australia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Canada, Fiji, Timor-Leste and Singapore, and was conducted by the United States. 

Australian Defence Force is key player in Exercise Pacific Partnership 2015

Military personnel were stationed in the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Fiji and Vietnam. The projects undertaken in the host countries are aimed at fostering resilience in response to natural disasters, as well as medical assistance. 

The Australian Defence Force sent 58 personnel to these nations, on board two US Navy ships, Mercy and Millinocket. 

These soldiers helped treat a variety of medical issues, including dental examinations, radiological procedures and general medical consultations. Their efforts were noted by the Deputy Mission Commander for the exercise, Captain Brian Delamont RAN.

"We have provided a great spread of pharmaceutical, medical and engineering skills from Australia's Army, Navy and Air Force, including some very junior people who have been outstanding among their peers," Captain Dalamont said. 

The exercise was an opportunity for Australia to extend assistance to our Pacific neighbours while building regional partnerships with the other nations involved. It is conducted over 16 weeks, and this year was held from May 17 to September 8.

Building international links through cooperation

The Zealand Defence Force was also part of the mission, and Wing Commander Jennifer Atkinson, who was stationed on Mercy, reiterated the importance of a continual presence in the Pacific.

"Unfortunately the Pacific region is very familiar with cyclones, earthquakes, typhoons, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. This is an amazing opportunity to be part of something so positive and useful with our friends and partners in the Pacific," Commander Atkinson said.

The concept of the mission is built on collaboration, with Acting Chief of Joint Operations Major General Shane Caughey noting the significance of different groups working together for mutual humanitarian goals.

"This cooperative mission allows the ADF to work with partner militaries, intergovernmental agencies, host nation civilian agencies, and non-government organisations, which enhances our collective ability to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief," stated Major Caughey. 

Cooperating on regional missions helps foster strong relations with participating nations as well as strengthening Australia's position in the Asia-Pacific region. 

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