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SOLOMON ISLANDS - Pacific Partnership 24-1 (PP24-1) concluded 14 days of medical, humanitarian and disaster response, engineering, and host nation outreach efforts in the Solomon Islands closing out its second mission stop Dec. 3.
Due to the success of Pacific Partnership 2022, the Solomon Islands government invited the return of USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) for PP24-1, where the team supported the Solomon Islands' medical infrastructure by augmenting local clinics and the National Referral Hospital (NRH) during the 2023 Pacific Games.
“It is a mission that provides services that Solomon Islanders can see, feel and touch its benefits,” said Manasseh Sogavere, Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands. “It is a mission that both the people of Solomon Islands and United States of America can be proud of.”
Mercy’s commanding officer believes that the precedent set by last year’s visit to the Solomon Islands demonstrated the benefits multilateral missions like Pacific Partnership present in enhancing partnerships and building mutual understanding with allied nations.
“Mercy being requested by the Solomon Islands to come back during the Pacific Games is a true testament to the value of the multinational cooperation between the United States, Solomon Islands and our partner nations,” said Capt. Jeffery Feinberg, commanding officer of USNS Mercy. “To be back in the Solomon Islands with Mercy is such a surreal feeling.”
Pacific Partnership fosters enduring friendship and cooperation among many nations. During the mission stop, personnel from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Army along with military personnel from Japan, Germany, United Kingdom and New Zealand collaborated with Solomon Island professionals to enhance capabilities across the engineering, humanitarian assistance disaster relief, and host nation outreach lines of effort.
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