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Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Thomas Williams, assigned to the Blackjacks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, jumps into the water during a rehearsal for a Pacific Partnership 2016 search and rescue drill.
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PADANG, Indonesia (Aug. 28, 2016) Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Thomas Williams, assigned to the Blackjacks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, jumps into the water during a rehearsal for a Pacific Partnership 2016 search and rescue drill. During the drill, aviation rescue swimmers hoisted simulated casualties from the water into an MH-60S helicopter for medical evacuation to hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). The Pacific Partnership search and rescue field training exercise spanned across three locations in Padang and included a water rescue, a field hospital for patient triage and transport, and a mass casualty at a local soccer field. The day's events were facilitated by Tentara Nasional Indonesia, local first responders and the Pacific Partnership humanitarian assistance and disaster relief team. This is the fifth time Pacific Partnership has visited Indonesia. Partner nations are working side-by-side with local organizations during disaster response training, civil engineering projects, Women, Peace, and Security seminars, medical subject matter expert exchanges and a live field training exercise aimed at improving the capacity of local government, civilian agencies and partner militaries to collectively respond in crisis. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trevor Kohlrus/Released)

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