“It means a lot for the Kingdom of Tonga to have Pacific Partnership come back again after the successful missions in 2009 and 2011,” said Tonga Navy Cmdr. Solomone Savelio, Pacific Partnership 2013 Tonga coordinator. “We are very grateful and thankful to the people of America and the government for allowing Pacific Partnership to come back.”
Pacific Partnership provides the opportunity to enhance the collective ability to provide disaster relief assistance and is scheduled to spend ten days working closely with local citizens and civilian agencies in schools, hospitals and villages.
The Pacific Partnership 2009 and 2011 missions in Tonga treated a combined total of 8,527 patients, cared for more than 100 animals and conducted 12 engineering construction projects, including school buildings, bathrooms and water catchment systems, and medical clinics.