United States conducts humanitarian, military exercise in Philippines

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The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits off the coast of the Philippines in this handout photo dated July 1, 2012. The United States (US) ship arrived in the Philippines on July 27 to conduct humanitarian and disaster relief mission.
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits off the coast of the Philippines in this handout photo dated July 1, 2012. The United States (US) ship arrived in the Philippines on July 27 to conduct humanitarian and disaster relief mission. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Feddersen/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters

The United States (US) and other partner countries on Wednesday (Aug. 3) launched the Pacific Partnership 2022 (PP22) in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, a humanitarian program of the US that gives assistance, disaster relief, and medical exchanges in the Indo-Pacific region, based on the needs and requests of its partner country.

Now in its 17th year, also part of the PP22 team are Australia, the Republic of Korea, and the United Kingdom.

The activities began on July 27 upon the arrival of the US Navy Ship (USNS) Mercy (T-AH 19) in Palawan, a 1,000-bed hospital ship that provides medical services to support the disaster relief efforts of the US and other humanitarian operations in different parts of the world.

“The impact of disaster emergencies transcends borders and requires comprehensive coordination among nations for an effective response,” said the program’s Mission Commander, Capt. Hank Kim.

“I am confident that the planning and hard work that we have invested with our partners will have a long-lasting impact here in the Philippines.”

PP22’s activities and programs in the Philippines, particularly in the province of Puerto Princesa, include seven major health fairs, two barangay city hall renovation efforts, band concerts, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercises and presentations, and other medical efforts that include more than 200 planned surgeries.

“Growing our collective capability for disaster response is an important aspect of this mission, which elevates our ability to respond to any hazard that may come our way,” said US Navy Capt. Jeffrey Feinberg.

Meanwhile, three US Navy ships on Tuesday (Aug. 2) have conducted an archipelagic sea lane passage through the San Bernardino Strait between Bicol and Samar.

The three ships, according to the 7th Fleet, are USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Higgins (DDG 76), and USS Antietam (CG 54).

“Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region,” The US Pacific Fleet said.

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