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Cmdr. Bob Smith, right, a dentist with the U.S. Public Health Service, and Tu Nguyen, a Vietnamese translator and pre-dental student from the University of California, San Diego Pre-Dental Society, extract a tooth from a patient.
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NHA TRANG, Vietnam (June 24, 2008) Cmdr. Bob Smith, right, a dentist with the U.S. Public Health Service, and Tu Nguyen, a Vietnamese translator and pre-dental student from the University of California, San Diego Pre-Dental Society, extract a tooth from a patient. This is the first time Vietnam is allowing the U.S. military to screen and perform surgeries since 1975. Teaming with the Government of Vietnam, the Pacific Partnership mission will conduct medical, dental and construction assistance programs ashore. All medical and dental assistance programs are coordinated with and approved by the Government of Vietnam. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael C. Barton

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