Articles: Pacific Partnership Mission Arrives in Marshall Islands
President Christopher J. Loeak yesterday welcomed Pacific Partnership 2013 (PP13) Mission Commander Wallace Lovely to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) during a courtesy call by the Commander, PP13 members, and US Ambassador Thomas Armbruster.
On Wednesday, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) dropped its anchor in Majuro, the third port for the PP13 mission. More than 700 US military members, partner nation service members, and non-governmental organization volunteers will be conducting a variety of humanitarian projects.
According to the President’s Office, the projects include work on the College of the Marshall Islands’ multipurpose facility, Ebeye inter-island pier repair, Ennibur water tower and water system construction, installation of water catchments, and a health fair providing free health screenings.
“Everything is in place to make the Pacific Partnership incredible and impressive,” Commander Lovely told his RMI hosts and expressed appreciation to President Loeak for the hospitality that was extended to him and his crew members since arrival.
“The Republic of the Marshall Islands values, and will continue to value, its relations with the United States of America and other participating nations and non-governmental organizations which are part of the Pacific Partnership,” said President Loeak.
The mission’s team approach centered around crisis and disaster response-preparedness is appreciated, President Loeak said, given that the Republic has been under a state of emergency and a state of disaster as result of the prolonged drought in the northern atolls and last week’s inundation from the king-tide surges and storm waves here on Majuro and other southern atolls.
During the mission, a workshop on drought will be held to strengthen resiliency “so that when a drought occurs in other areas we are ready," said Ambassador Armbruster.
Prior to the Marshalls, the USS Pearl Harbor completed missions in Samoa and Tonga. Other host nations for this year's mission also include Kiribati, Solomon Islands, and Papua, New Guinea.
- Yokwe Online, July 4, 2013