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Special Report: Hurricane Maria

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Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, Sept. 20, as a Category 4 storm with deadly flooding expected. The Defense Department had personnel and equipment already assisting authorities in the region that has seen two other powerful hurricanes, Irma and Jose, in recent weeks. Coverage Sept. 17 Sept. 19 Sept. …

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Special Report: Hurricane Harvey Relief Support

VIDOR, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp, a native of Denver, Colorado and assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, reassures a family after a rescue at Pine Forrest Elementary School, a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)

U.S. Navy Sailors and assets are supporting federal, state and local authorities’ ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Follow this page for updates. HSC-7, HSC-28 Transition Support of Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts (Sept. 3) USS Kearsarge to Hurricane Harvey: Don’t mess with Texas! (Sept. 1) USS Kearsarge …

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Continuing Promise 2017 Special Report

TRUJILLO, Honduras (Feb. 25, 2017) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Dillon McDonough, assigned to Naval Hospital Jacksonville, conducts a patient screening during Continuing Promise 2017 (CP-17) in Trujillo, Honduras. CP-17 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian assistance, training engagements, and medical, dental, and veterinary support to Central and South America. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shamira Purifoy/Released)

The humanitarian mission Continuing Promise 2017 is underway, and this blog is your place to follow it. Continuing Promise is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored, and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet conducted deployment, focused on civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assistance activities comprised of medical, dental and veterinary support, as …

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U.S. Navy Joins New Zealand Earthquake Relief

KAIKOURA, New Zealand (Nov. 18, 2016) Cmdr. Timothy LaBenz (right) commanding officer of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), and Kaikoura Mayor Winston Gray survey the damage to local infrastructure in a MH-60R Sea Hawk from the Battle Cats of Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) Squadron 73, attached to Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Jackson/Released)

Originally scheduled to participate in the Royal New Zealand Navy’s International Naval Review commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy, USS Sampson (DDG 102) supported earthquake recovery efforts there at the request of the New Zealand government. USS Sampson was already transiting the Western Pacific when it …

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By the Numbers: Pacific Partnership and Continuing Promise

ROSEAU, Dominica (Aug. 3, 2015) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is moored pierside in Roseau, Dominica during Continuing Promise 2015. Continuing Promise is a U.S Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assistance subject matter expert exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support and disaster response to partner nations and show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Larry Baruwa/Released)

Military Sealift Command hospital ships USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) recently returned to their homeports. Mercy returned to Naval Base San Diego Sept. 27, after a nearly five-month deployment in support of Pacific Partnership 2015. The mission provided humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness in the …

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Finding the True Meaning of Pacific Partnership

SUVA, Fiji (June 10, 2015) Students from the Fiji Maritime Academy take a photo with Capt. Christopher Engdahl, mission commander of Pacific Partnership 2015 during a community outreach project. Engdahl visited with students and teachers from the school and took a tour of the campus. The hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is currently in Suva, Fiji for its first mission port of PP15.

By Capt. Christopher Engdahl Mission Commander Pacific Partnership 2015 As the sun sets on Pacific Partnership 2015 and my time as the Mission Commander comes to a close I felt my final mission blog could go in one of two different directions. I could go with the standard model and …

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USS Rushmore Aids 65 People at Sea

MAKASSAR STRAIT (June 10, 2015) A Sailor takes a woman to medical staff aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47).

USS Rushmore (LSD 47) rendered assistance to 65 people on makeshift bamboo rafts in the waters between the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi June 10. Shipboard lookouts spotted the distressed persons waving orange and white flags. Rushmore’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Thomas Stephens, ordered the launch of a small boat with …

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