The US Navy’s Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23 is set to lead the 11th multilateral, humanitarian and disaster response exercise, Pacific Partnership 2016 (PP16).
Scheduled to be held this summer, the exercise will see the participation of the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and more than 600 military and civilian personnel from the US, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
Pacific Partnership staff and other allied nations representatives attended a planning conference last week in Singapore to discuss details for the mission.
Commander DESRON 23 commodore captain Tom Williams said: "This conference provides us an opportunity to plan with our partners and allies and build critical relationships for the upcoming mission.
"Pacific Partnership increases readiness, interoperability, and enhances cooperation with our partners across the region. We look forward to executing this year’s mission."
The mission is aimed at fulfilling a range of undertakings varying from direct care missions, to boosting partnerships through host nation subject matter expert and civil-military exchanges.
Royal New Zealand Air Force Wing commander Michelle White said: "Everyone is on board with working together. We’re taking guidelines and ideas from each other in order to do good work for our missions this year. It’s been really positive all around."
Image: Representatives of nations participate in a planning conference for Pacific Partnership 2016. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Madailein Abbott/Released.