Pacific Partnership: l'US Navy de retour au Vietnam

"Pacific Partnership" est une série de missions d'assistance civique mises en place par la flotte américaine du Pacifique, et effectuée chaque année depuis 2006. Ces missions humanitaires (construction d'écoles, d'hopitaux, fournitures et matériel médical...) contribuent également à renforcer les relations d'amitié entre les Etats-Unis et les pays d'Asie du Sud-Est et du Pacifique: Micronésie, Nouvelle-Guinée, Indonésie, Corée du Sud, Vietnam, etc.

Pacific Partnership 2007 (PP07): Da Nang.

Le navire amphibie USS Peleliu (LHA-5), avec un contingent multinational composé de 300 volontaires américains, canadiens, indonésiens, malaysiens, japonais et coréens, est arrivé le 15 juillet 2007 à Danang.

"Peleliu Pacific Partnership Arrives to Undertake Humanitarian Activities.

"Da Nang, July 15, 2007 – The US Navy ship Peleliu arrived in Da Nang today with a multinational contingent of over 300 medical personnel and engineers to undertake humanitarian assistance in a planned, coordinated effort with the Government of Vietnam, partner nations and NGO relief organizations in the region. US Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City Kenneth J. Fairfax and Vietnamese officials welcomed the ship's arrival with a ceremony held at Da Nang's Tien Sa Port.

"Pacific Partnership participants will visit select locations in Da Nang. This mission underscores the commitment of the United States and Vietnam to work together to assist the people of Vietnam with this humanitarian outreach.

"The Peleliu Pacific Partnership team is a unique team formed from organizations with very different skills and capabilities, but unified in purpose to conduct a very important mission," said Adm. Robert Willard, Commander, US Pacific Fleet. "They carry with them a spirit of caring, commitment and compassion on this deployment for our Pacific neighbors."

"The deployment is expected to last four months, approximately 10 days of which will be spent in Vietnam. The effort is being carried out in conjunction with non-governmental organizations and in close coordination and partnership with local medical care professionals. Participants in this endeavor include volunteers from Project Hope, the Aloha Medical Mission of Hawaii, and the University of California at San Diego Pre-dental Society who join a contingent of medical specialists from the U.S. military and Australian, Canadian, Indian, Japanese, Malaysian, Republic of Korea, and Singaporean militaries.

"Medical personnel from Vietnam will work in partnership with their American and international counterparts for the Vietnamese portion of the deployment, providing focused medical care.

"The San Diego-based ship can support a variety of medical, dental, educational and preventive medicine services. In addition, the ship will deploy with a team of sailors to perform repair and construction projects ashore at medical and community facilities. Some of these construction projects can directly improve medical situations.

"Reporters are invited to attend the following events, which will take place in the first week of the ship visit:

- Welcoming Ceremony and brief media availability by key speakers
- Media tour of ship – including opportunity to ask questions of crewmembers
- Consul General visits to local sites where medical/engineering teams provide medical/engineering support and have community relation activities
- Project Handclasp Donation Ceremony
- U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Jonathan Aloisi visits local sites where medical/engineering teams provide medical/engineering support and have community relation activities
- Project Hope – Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony (Including Vietnamese-American Dr. Ann Nguyen – a native Vietnamese speaker.

"For further information, please contact:
- Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, phone: (84-4) 850-5000
- Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, phone: (84-8) 821-6400
- Information Assistant Pham Trong Thuc, cell phone: 090-344-9684 (or 84-90-344-9684)
- Information Assistant Ngo Quang Minh, cell phone: 090-344-0919 (or 84-90-344-0919)
- Information Assistant Nguyen Tuong Thuy, cell phone: 090-809-2306 (or 84-90-809-2306)

Pacific Partnership 2008 (PP08): Nha Trang.

L'année suivante, le 19 juin 2008, c'est le tour du navire hopital USNS Mercy (T-AH-19).

"USNS Mercy Hospital Ship Arrives Off Vietnam for Pacific Partnership 2008.

"Nha Trang, Vietnam – The hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) arrives off the coast of Vietnam on June 19 to visit Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province and cooperate with the Vietnamese government in medical, construction and engineering projects as a part of Pacific Partnership 2008 (PP08). Pacific Partnership 2008 is a multinational, multi-agency humanitarian assistance mission that is currently ongoing in the Asia Pacific region. This mission reflects the strengthening of the bilateral relationship between our two nations.

"PP08 participants include volunteers from the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) East Meets West Foundation (EMWF), Operation Smile (OpSmile), Project Hope, and University of California San Diego (UCSD) Pre-Dental Society. Medical and engineering professionals from Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and the US military are participating. Medical personnel from Vietnam will work with the ship to provide medical care in partnership with their American and international counterparts.

"During the visit, the Pacific Partnership team will visit schools, clinics, rehabilitation centers, and orphanages to conduct medical, dental and civic-action programs. The Pacific Fleet Band will give public musical performances.

"One of the missions of the USNS Mercy is to provide mobile surgical hospital service for use in disaster or humanitarian relief missions or other peacetime military operations. USNS Mercy has participated in several deployments, including disaster relief operations in Indonesia following the 2004 tsunami. Mercy is currently deployed from its homeport of San Diego, Calif. and has been configured with special medical equipment and a multi-specialized medical team of uniformed and civilian health care providers to provide a range of services ashore for this deployment.

"Note to reporters: A pier-side welcome ceremony, immediately followed by a ship tour, media lunch, and interview opportunities with the three captains aboard the USNS Mercy is planned for June 19 at 10 AM. Other media events will include site visits to schools, clinics, and other locations aided by PP08, as well as visits by high-level US and Vietnamese officials. International and local reporters who wish to cover the events, please register in advance with Mrs. Le Thi Thanh Hien, Press Assistant, US Consulate General in HCMC via e-mail:, cell phone: 0908019991. International media must also contact the Ho Chi Minh City-based Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ERO) to obtain appropriate permits. The US Consulate General can provide contact information if needed."

Pacific Partnership 2009 (PP09): Da Nang.

Le navire cargo USNS Richard Byrd (T-AKE-4) a appareillé de Guam, dans les îles Mariannes, le 17 juin 2009 pour un périple humanitaire le long des côtes du Vietnam et livrer divers équipements et fournitures médicales aux services hospitaliers de Da Nang, notamment des vaccins et traitements anti-viraux, notamment du HIV/SIDA.

"The United States Supports Military HIV/AIDS Program in Da Nang.

"An HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment program was officially launched at Military Hospital 17 in Da Nang City on June 26, 2009, expanding the United States support to the military medical system of Vietnam. The program, which is financially and technically supported by the US Department of Defense under the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), will provide various HIV/AIDS services including: blood safety, voluntary counseling and testing, antiretroviral treatment, palliative care, and referral laboratory testing. These services will be available to both military and civilian populations from Da Nang and neighboring provinces.

"The opening ceremony was attended by senior officials from the US Embassy, Military Zone 5, the Military Medicine Department (Vietnam Ministry of Defense), the Da Nang Department of Health, and Military Hospital 17.

"The collaboration between the US Department of Defense and the Military Medicine Department is a successful model of a military-to-military medical program through resources made available from PEPFAR. Since 2004, the United States Government has provided more than $320 million to comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and support activities in Vietnam."

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