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ABSN Robert May said CAPT
Franchetti's visit was positive.
"It was great to get the acknowledge-
ment for our hard work and to be accept-
ed into the wider Pacific Partnership
team," he said.
The PP10 visit to Indonesia is a two-
phase disaster relief exercise that began
in Jakarta in November 2009. A table-
top exercise scenario dealing with a nat-
ural disaster in the region was the first
phase, during which the multi-nation-
al team discussed plans to effectively
employ Mercy, KRI Dr. Soeharso and
other ships from the international com-
munity, including Labuan and Tarakan.
Labaun's CO, LEUT Steve Noakes,
said working with so many nations pro-
vided the opportunity to benchmark
Navy's training standards.
"The experience has also enhanced
our capacity to respond in times of a real
natural disaster," LEUT Noakes said.
Members of the ships' companies
were also able to proceed ashore and
participate in the medical clinics.
AB Steve Hammett said he enjoyed
the first-hand experience of the cultural
differences and the way of life on the
small Indonesian islands.
Medical officer, CMDR Michael
Wilson, said he gained an appreciation
for the importance of Pacific Partnership:
many countries working together to
assist the local population.
"I've enjoyed my time on board
Mercy working in the 11 operating the-
atres as an anesthetist, and found the
integration into such a big team easy,"
"It is interesting to see the different
way people work and experience the
cooperation and good will between the
different groups. I found it particularly
valuable to meet and work with mem-
bers of the Indonesian Armed Forces and
Conducting 214 surgeries over the
three-week period, the PP10 surgical
team performed a number of surgical
procedures ranging from cataract remov-
al to hernia repair.
"The cleft lip repairs would have to
be some of the most rewarding things we
do," CMDR Wilson said.
Nursing officer, LEUT Tracey
Cannard, from HMAS Cerberus agreed.
"Working in the surgical ward I treat
the patients before and after their sur-
gery," she said.
"The most remarkable change is
in the patients who undergo cleft lip
repairs, as well as patients receiving
cataract removal. They were the most
delightful patients and, even with the
language barrier, we were will able to
Having spent a number of days in
Darwin conducting a logistics port visit,
the Navy PP10 team is in East Timor
once again, working within the multi-
national team providing for, and assist-
ing in, the provision of medical care to
the local population.
HMAS Tobruk (CMDR Paul Scott)
will soon rendezvous with Mercy off
Dili and transfer the PP10 Mission
Commander and her staff when they
become the command platform for the
Papua New Guinea leg of the mission -- a
first in the five years of Australia's par-
ticipation in Pacific Partnership.
IMPRESSIVE: USNS Mercy loads stores
and personnel into HMAS Labuan off the
North Maluku Islands, Indonesia while,
inset, CAPT Lisa Franchetti, Commander
Pacific Partnership 2010, leaves Labuan
after thanking the ship's company for their
Photos: ABIS Andrew Dakin
COMMANDER Australian Fleet, RADM Steve
Gilmore, recently visited Navy personnel assigned
to Pacific Partnership.
Accompanied by Naval Attaché to Jakarta, CAPT Robert
Plath, RADM Gilmore spent a few hours enjoying a tank
deck BBQ on board HMA Ships Labuan and Tarakan before
visiting Navy personnel aboard USNS Mercy.
Supporting PP10 in Indonesia, both ships acted as a for-
ward operating platform enabling the provision of medical
and dental services into remote locations.
RADM Gilmore said that, in embarking specialist per-
sonnel, both ships' companies supported the health teams
and aided the conduct of the health clinic.
"The two ships provided hotel services to the specialist
medical and dental teams embarked -- approximately 40
personnel," he said.
"From all accounts, both ships' companies exceeded
expectations and performed their tasks efficiently and effec-
"I spoke with both COs but, most importantly, I had
time to talk to both crews over lunch to gauge their collec-
tive and individual view on their participation in the Pacific
It was particularly important for the sailors of Labuan
and Tarakan to speak with COMAUSFLT.
Tarakan's ABMT Steve Hammett said RADM Gilmore
thanked them for their work on Pacific Partnership, particu-
larly in housing and aiding the medical teams.
"He said our work was making a difference to the local
communities -- it's good to know our leaders are aware of
the work we're doing here," ABMT Hammett said.
RADM Gilmore said Navy's participation in PP10 dem-
onstrated Australia's commitment to the development and
health and well-being of many communities across many
PROUD: RADM Steve Gilmore addresses sailors
serving on PP10.
Photo: ABIS Andrew Dakin
Fleet Commander visits
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