Pacific Partnership Kicks off in Palau
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Koror- Pacific Partnership 2022 kicked off in Koror,
Palau, July 12. Now in its 17th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest
annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific.
In Palau, the Pacific Partnership 2022 (PP22) team, comprised of
representatives from Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United
States, will work together with their counterparts on a range of activities
and projects, specifically related to humanitarian assistance, disaster
relief, and medical exchanges.
U.S. Ambassador to Palau John Hennessey-Niland noted that "Pacific
Partnership reflects our deep commitment to the people of Palau and the
region. We welcome the opportunity to work and learn from one another as we
continue to work for a free and open Indo-Pacific."
PP22 activities are coordinated with the host nation and are conducted based
on Palau's requirements and requests. Engagements in Palau include medical
subject-matter-expert exchanges related to pediatric care, maternity care,
neonatal care, intensive and critical care, mental health for military
veterans, and physical therapy.
"I am excited to begin our mission in Palau and deepen the already strong
partnership we share with both Palau and our partner nations," said Capt.
Hank Kim, Pacific Partnership mission commander. "I look forward to sharing
experiences and exchanging expertise so we can collectively build skills
that will last well after the mission."
As part of PP22, the mission team will conduct missions throughout Oceania
and the Western Pacific.