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While most of the defense community’s attention is firmly fixed on McChrystal-gate, my focus is on the softer and often overlooked side of US Navy operations. Pacific Partnership 2010 is the fifth in an annual series of humanitarian and civic assistance operations projecting US soft power in the Pacific Rim. This year, USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is visiting six nations, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Timor-Leste. To give these servicemen the credit they deserve, below is a series of photos from Pacific Partnership 2010. Enjoy.

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Caption: The daughters of Cantorna, chief hospital corpsman, wave good-bye to their father aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy at Naval Base San Diego. Mercy’s mission is designed to enhance relationships through medical, dental and engineering outreach projects along with host and partner nations. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark August

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Caption: Maj. Brian Glodt, a doctor embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy, treats a Cambodian child during a Pacific Partnership 2010 medical civic action event at Sihanoukville Hospital, Cambodia. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eddie Harrison

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Caption: A Cambodian child plays jump rope with a Sailor from the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy during a Pacific Partnership 2010 community service event at the Goodwill School. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Husman

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Caption: Lt. Brad Clove, embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy, during a Pacific Partnership 2010 community service event at the Goodwill School. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Husman

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Caption: U.S. Pacific Fleet Band members play and dance with Vietnamese children during a concert at the Nha Van Hoa Lao Dong cultural center in Quy Nhon, Vietnam, supporting Pacific Partnership 2010. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Martin

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Caption: Royal Australian Navy Lt. Elizabeth Livingstone and Singapore army Maj. Paul Zhao, both doctors embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy, perform cataract surgery on a Vietnamese patient aboard Mercy during a Pacific Partnership 2010 visit to Quy Nhon, Vietnam. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eddie Harrison

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Caption: Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer Hunt, hospital corpsman, embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy, blows bubbles with children during a Pacific Partnership 2010 community service project at Starfish Primary School in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Joshua Martin

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Caption: Cmdr. Charlotte Yuen, a Navy doctor embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy, paints with with children during a Pacific Partnership 2010 community service project at Starfish Primary School in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Joshua Martin

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Caption: A Cambodian child plays jump rope with Petty Officer 1st Class Yissel Castanon, embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy, during a Pacific Partnership 2010 community service event at the Goodwill School. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Husman

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Caption: Cambodian children play games with Sailors and non-governmental organization volunteers embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy during a Pacific Partnership 2010 community service event at the Enfants du Cambodge orphanage. Photo by Seaman Jon Husman

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Caption: Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, holds a Vietnamese child during his visit to the pediatric ward aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eddie Harrison



The venerable US Navy hospital ship, USNS Mercy is deploying tomorrow on Operation Pacific Partnership 2010. Her deployment will last until late September during which riders and crew will conduct health and construction missions in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Timor-Leste. Mercy’s 500 riders include both military and NGO volunteers, including health workers from InterPlast, International Relief Teams, International Aid, Loloma Foundation, Project HOPE, Rotary International, Shriners, University of California at San Diego Pre-Dental Society, and World Vets. In addition, Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and Tonga are providing personnel to support the hospital ship’s mission.

Pacific Partnership was born after the US military’s response to the 2004 tsunami. After realizing the capacity of health diplomacy to win friends and allies, US Pacific Fleet decided to follow up Unified Endeavor by sending the Mercy back to the region in 2006. Pacific Partnership 2010 is the fifth time the humanitarian civic assistance operation to been conducted.

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