Millinocket, Pacific Partnership arrives in Philippines

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LA UNION, -- United States Military Sealift Command joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) arrived in San Fernando, La Union today, August 4, the US Marine Corps said. Task Force Forager, deployed in USNS Millinocket, will be in the Philippines until August 15 providing a medical and engineering assistance.

The said task force embarked aboard the USNS Millinocket is serving as the secondary platform for Pacific Partnership, led by an expeditionary command element from the Navy’s 30th Naval Construction Regiment (30 NCR) from Port Hueneme, California.

The hospital ship USNS Mercy is now en route to Subic Bay from Roxas City, Capiz also for the second half of its mission stop for Pacific Partnership 2015.

While in Subic Bay, medical staff aboard Mercy will perform surgical procedures working in conjunction with Operation Smile aboard the ship, and PP15 personnel will work and train side-by-side with the community on civic service events, safety topics, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, water search and rescue, veterinarian care, and community outreach projects.

Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia Pacific Region.

While training for crisis conditions, Pacific Partnership, missions have provided medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary service to more than 38,000 animals.

Additionally, Pacific Partnership has provided critical infrastructure development through the completion of more than 180 engineering products.

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and the secondary platform of the Pacific Partnership 2015 mission is the joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3).

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