The U.S. Peleliu Hospital Ship led by Capt. Bruce Stewart, commander of the Pacific Partnership mission, arrived in Tien Sa Port in the central city of Da Nang on July 15 to carry out humanitarian aid.
|The U.S. Peleliu ship's crews are received in Da Nang|
The ship is manned by 1,440 people including 1,200 military officers and 120 doctors and dentists from various countries such as the US, Singapore, Japan, Canada and Malaysia.
Pacific Partnership participants will visit selected locations in Da Nang during a four-month long humanitarian mission that aims to bring together medical personnel of the countries they visit, partner nation military medical personnel and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide medical, dental, construction and other humanitarian-assistance programs ashore.
The team will spend ten days of their four-month trip in Viet Nam. During which time the Peleliu Pacific Partnership team and Vietnamese counterparts will provide free medical examinations and treatment for nearly 5,000 residents in districts of Son Tra and Ngu Hanh Son in Da Nang.
The team will spend US$26,000 to upgrade nine healthcare establishments in Thanh Khe and Son Tra.
U.S. Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City Kenneth J. Fairfax and Vietnamese officials welcomed the ship’s arrival in Da Nang.