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Pacific Partnership 2015’s “Weapon” System

By Capt. Christopher Engdahl Mission Commander, Pacific Partnership 2015 As a Destroyer Squadron Commodore conducting Carrier Strike Group operations I had a wide variety of powerful weapons available for both offensive and defensive use.  These weapons span the technological and lethal spectrum from complex surface-to-surface missiles, intelligent air dropped torpedoes, …

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Seabees are like Spam

By Lt. j.g. David Boyer U.S. Navy, Civil Engineer Corps, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 Engineering Team Lead, Pacific Partnership 2015 Greetings from Pohnpei!  This island is truly a gem of the Pacific, with beautifully rugged terrain and a welcoming populace that is familiar with and appreciative of the U.S. military …

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A Fish Out of Water

By Wing Commander Jennifer Atkinson Royal New Zealand Air Force, Chief of Staff, Pacific Partnership New Zealand Defence Force nominations for Pacific Partnership 2015 were sought at the end of last year.  I received a very brief email that provide minimal information on the mission – other than it was …

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A Mission Unlike Any Other in the World

PEARL HARBOR (May 25, 2015) Onlookers wave to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as it arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to support Pacific Partnership 2015. Now in its tenth iteration, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indio-Asia-Pacific region. While training for crisis conditions, Pacific Partnership missions have provided medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary services to more than 38,000 animals. Additionally, Pacific Partnership has provided critical infrastructure development to host nations through the completion of more than 180 engineering projects.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gabrielle Joyner/Released)

By Capt. Christopher Engdahl Mission Commander Pacific Partnership 2015 What is Pacific Partnership? I freely admit that nearly a year ago I was asking myself that same question. I had no idea there was even an opportunity for a destroyer squadron commodore to lead such a dynamic and complex mission.   But …

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