USS Peleliu Pacific Partnership 2007 Mission
Washington D.C. (August 28, 2007) - The USS Peleliu which launched from San Diego in May of 2007 is wrapping up its humanitarian tour through several countries in Asia and Oceania. Pacific Partnership is a humanitarian mission that brings together host nation medical personnel, partner nation military medical personnel and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide medical, dental, construction and other humanitarian-assistance programs ashore and afloat in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Among the nations it visited are the Philippines, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands.
Solomons War Hero Honored
One of the highlights of its tour included a visit with Eronia "Aaron" Kumana in the Solomon Islands. For Kumana, 85, who calls the Solomon Islands home, the visit aboard the USS Peleliu marked the first time he had ever set foot on a U.S. Navy vessel. It was not however, his first encounter with the U.S. Navy.
Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia
According to Navy news releases, on August 21, the Peleliu Pacific Partnership Team provided medical civil-assistance (MEDCAP) at the Tafunsak government building on Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia.
According to Yokwe Online, the Pacific Partnership Team aboard the USS Peleliu was in the Marshall Islands for the concluding stop of their 4-month humanitarian-aid tour. The day began with a welcome and groundbreaking ceremony for the Uliga Elementary School Reclamation/Access Road Construction Project to be done by the U.S. Army 84th Engineering Battalion.
Secretary of the Navy, Dr. Donald C. Winter in a message for the Sailors of the Peleliu and the entire Pacific Partnership Team summed up his appreciation: "I'd like to tell them that their efforts are having a significant impact, and that they're recognized not only here, but throughout the United States," he said. "We really appreciate what it is that they're doing, and we want to thank them for enabling this mission to take place."