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September 16, 2010
IMPRESSIVE: (Main) VIPs and media prepare to
join HMAS Tobruk in Port Moresby.
HELPING HAND: (Inset left) ABMED Chantelle
Flynn from HMAS Tobruk works in the pharmacy
established at the Malaguna Technical High
School medical clinic in Rabaul, PNG.
ENJOYING THE MUSIC: (Inset right) A local child
watches the US Navy Pacific Fleet Band at the
Malaguna Technical High School.
Photos: ABIS Andrew Dakin
By LEUT Kara Wansbury
THE passage from Darwin to Rabaul was an inter-
national experience for the ship's company and
embarked forces on board HMAS Tobruk (CMDR
In support of Pacific Partnership 2010 (PP10),
Tobruk embarked 90 personnel from the US Navy
and the University of California San Diego Pre-Dental
The medical, dental and engineering personnel
joined in Dili, East Timor when USNS Mercy made
rendezvous with Tobruk to transfer the PP10 command
team. Following a brief port visit to Darwin where they
picked up the third contingent of ADF personnel, the
team spent the time at sea preparing for their seven-day
mission in Papua New Guinea -- the last for PP10.
Tobruk's CO, CMDR Paul Scott, said the time for
transit was used to prepare for the mission ahead.
"We spent the transit time preparing for the mis-
sion -- conducting briefs, training and daily meetings,"
"The adjustment required for the PP10 team to
transfer from the more spacious Mercy to Tobruk was
significant. To everyone's credit the integration was
successful as the team focused on the important work
to be achieved in Rabaul."
But it was not all work and no play. While at anchor
in the Endeavour Strait, the ship's company and PP10
team members got competitive and played deck hock-
ey, bucket ball and crab soccer, with the three Services
and the US Navy participating. The impromptu after-
game entertainment was provided by the US Navy
Pacific Fleet Band.
ABMT Troy Russell said it was good to show their
guests how Aussie sailors relax.
"Sport on the vehicle deck was really fun," he said.
"We got to mix with the whole crew and show the
Americans what we do in the RAN to relax. The band
played really well and I hope I get to see them play
again in PNG."
Tobruk was joined by HMA Ships Labuan and
Tarakan, as well as USS Vandegrift for the conduct of
the last leg of PP10. Working with the PNG Defence
Force, the PP10 team hosted medical and dental clinics,
undertook engineering reconstruction projects and pro-
vided hundreds of hours of community service in the
areas of Rabaul and Kokopo.
PP10 mission ends in PNG
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