Tobruk in Vanimo during PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013

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Location(s): Vanimo, Papua New Guinea

Topic(s): Exercise PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP, HMAS Tobruk (II)

A crowd of local people wait to be seen at the Medical Community Aid Post set up outside the Vanimo Hospital. (photo: LAC David Cotton)
A crowd of local people wait to be seen at the Medical Community Aid Post set up outside the Vanimo Hospital.

A number of local residents recently received medical and dental care from Australian Defence Force personnel at the Medical Community Aid Post set up outside the Vanimo Hospital during PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013.

HMAS Tobruk is currently deployed on PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013, an annual humanitarian aid mission.

While in PNG, Tobruk’s personnel also assisted the township of Wewak, which combined with Vanimo has a combined population of about 40,000 people. Aside from medical and veterinary aid, Defence engineers conducted maintenance, repairs and refurbishment to schools, while volunteers from Tobruk’s crew refurbished sport facilities, memorials and public buildings and assisted with fairs to bring awareness of health and hygiene issues.

PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013 is an annual US-sponsored humanitarian and civic assistance mission aimed at strengthening international relationships with partner and host nations in the Asia-Pacific.

Also participating in PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013 are the USS Pearl Harbor of the United States Navy, and HMNZ Ships Canterbury and Manawanui of the Royal New Zealand Navy, which will be visiting townships in Kiribati, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Tonga. 

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Annalie Lowes travels in the Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo craft towards HMAS Tobruk.

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Annalie Lowes travels in the Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo craft towards HMAS Tobruk.

Additional imagery is available at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20130618