Japanese military ship visits Vietnam for US-led exercise

By Nguyen Tu, Thanh Nien News

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The JS Kunisaki, a landing ship from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), arrived Friday at Tien Sa Port in the central province of Danang as part of the Pacific Partnership 2014 – a US-led disaster relief exercise in Southeast Asia.
During the nine-day stay, 400 crew members from Japan, the United States and Australia will engage in professional exchange and military medical training activities.
They will also take part in humanitarian missions as well as culture and sports exchange programs.
The JS Kunisaki was the first Japanese military ship participate in the Pacific Partnership. It departed a US naval base in Yokosuka on May 29 with 10 Australian and 130 US troops aboard.
The JS Kunisaki is scheduled to leave Danang on June 15 and head for Sihanoukville in Cambodia from June 19 to 28, and Tacloban in the Philippines from July 4 to 14.
At the invitation of the host nations, the Pacific Partnership 2014 will conduct tailored medical, dental, veterinary and engineering civic action programs designed to strengthen partnerships and ensure the international community is better prepared to deliver foreign humanitarian aid in times of natural disaster or crisis.
To date, Pacific Partnership missions have provided real-world medical care to approximately 250,000 patients, veterinary services to more than 37,000 animals and accomplished more than 170 engineering projects and enabled critical infrastructure development in 14 countries in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

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