Pacific Partnership kicked off in Da Nang
08:17 | 17/07/2016
VGP – The Pacific Partnership 2016 (PP16) kicked off in Da Nang on July 15, for the third consecutive year, with the arrival of the U.S. hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and the Japanese Navy ship JSDS Shimokita (LST-4002).

This is the seventh time in eleven years that this event has taken place in Viet Nam’s provinces and cities.

Participating in this year's events are many partner nations, including Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Palau, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Timor Leste, the United Kingdom, the United States and Viet Nam, with the purpose of improving disaster preparedness and regional responsiveness.

In a continuation of the crisis management and response activities from PP15, PP16 personnel and those from Viet Nam's side will conduct a seven day humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) workshop that culminates in a crisis management drill.

The drill includes disaster preparedness, national and regional response, coastal medicine and maritime search and rescue. 

By Thuy Dung

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