Pacific Partnership 2023 arrives to Apia, Samoa

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Pacific Partnership has arrived in Samoa. Now in its 18th year, the Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in this region.

Pacific Partnership enables participants to work together to enhance disaster response capabilities and foster new and enduring friendships in Samoa and around the region.

In collaboration with Samoa, Pacific Partnership’s mission is to conduct tailored humanitarian and civic preparedness activities in areas such as engineering, disaster response, public health, and Samoan outreach events. Additionally, the U.S. Pacific Fleet woodwind ensemble will perform in a variety of community engagements.

The USS Jackson (LCS 6), a US Navy vessel based out of San Diego, is also expected to arrive into Apia on September 13.

We’re delighted to be a part of the Pacific Partnership 2023. The great outreach and connections between the U.S. and Samoa over the next few days will continue to enhance our great relationship,” says Chargé d’Affaires Noriko Horiuchi. “As well as the crew of the USS Jackson, Pacific Partnership 2023 will bring musicians, a veterinarian, medical personnel, engineers scoping future projects, and a team of Humanitarian and Disaster Relief experts.”

So far this year Pacific Partnership has had personnel working in Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, and Fiji. After Samoa, planned Pacific Partnership 2023 stops include Papua New Guinea, Tonga, and a return to Fiji.

“This year’s Pacific Partnership features nearly 1500 personnel. It is a joint effort on behalf of Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States,” says Pacific Partnership Deputy Commander, Royal Navy Captain Joe Dransfield. “Here in Samoa, NZDF and the Royal Navy partners will join the U.S.-led mission.”

“We are incredibly grateful to the seven host nations: Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa. It is a joy to work with you all. Faafetai lava,” says U.S. Ambassador to Samoa, Tom Udall.