US Navy hospital ship arrives in Indonesia

United States Navy hospital ship arrived in Bengkulu, Indonesia on March 29 for Pacific Partnership 2018. For this year’s Pacific Partnership, military and civilian personnel from Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Peru, and Japan are participating.

USNS Mercy in Bengkulu, Indonesia. US Navy photo

US and partner nation personnel will work with Indonesian personnel for this leg of Pacific Partnership 2018.

“After Indonesia, USNS Mercy will make mission stops in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Japan strengthening alliances, partnerships, and multilateral cooperation throughout the Indo-Pacific region,” the US Navy said.

“Through Pacific Partnership we are deepening integral ties with our allies and partners across the Indo-Pacific region,” said Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander, Task Force 73, the executive agent for Pacific Partnership 18.

“The challenges we face with natural and man-made disasters do not respect borders or national sovereignty. This dynamic mission enables many nations and subject matter experts to come together to pursue solutions to complex problems while enhancing preparations for disaster emergencies that reduce the severity of their impact,” Rear Admiral Gabrielson added.