JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.66

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Participation in Pacific Partnership 2015

Participation in Pacific Partnership 2015

Q1. What is Pacific Partnership?

Participation in Pacific Partnership 2015

A1.Pacific Partnership (PP) is a mission hosted by the U.S. forces from 2007. During PP, vessels and the like mainly composed of the U.S. Navy visit countries in the region and conduct activities such as medical care, construction work, and cultural exchanges. The aim of this mission is to strengthen mutual collaboration among participating nations and to promote smooth implementation of international peace cooperation operations and international disaster relief activities, collaborating with other governments, militaries, and NGOs.

Q2. What is the significance of participating in PP?

A2.Through exchanges among military and civilian personnel of partner and host nations by conducting medical care, maintenance of facilities, and cultural exchange, PP aims at promoting mutual understanding and cooperation among related nations, enhancing cooperation among participating countries, and facilitating international peace cooperation operations and other activities. PP is also expected to improve the international security environment.

By providing medical services, repairing facilities, and transporting supplies/other goods, participation in PP will serve the purpose of improving our skills in the fields of medical care, facility maintenance, and transport in international peace cooperation operations. Partner nations can also acquire expertise to coordinate and collaborate with civilian organizations.

Participation in Pacific Partnership 2015

Q3. How has the MOD been involved in PP?

Participation in Pacific Partnership 2015

A3.The MOD/SDF has deployed its personnel from the MSDF annually and participated in medical activities since 2007. In 2010, the MOD deployed SDF troops for the first time to include an MSDF transport vessel KUNISAKI and a medical team from the GSDF, ASDF, and MSDF. The SDF also cooperated with civilian organizations such as NGOs to conduct medical activities and cultural exchanges in Vietnam and Cambodia.

In 2011, although the size of the deployment had been planned to be the same, it was reduced due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. Several medical officers, dental officers, and others were deployed to Timor-Leste and Micronesia in order to conduct medical activities.

In 2012, an SDF transport aircraft was deployed for the first time. In addition, SDF medical team (approx. 40 personnel) and an MSDF transport vessel (OSUMI) were deployed to the Philippines and Vietnam and conducted medical activities and cultural exchanges in cooperation with NGOs (2 organizations and 19 individuals).

In 2013, SDF medical personnel were deployed to Tonga. Also in Papua New Guinea, SDF Medical personnel, an MSDF vessel (YAMAGIRI) as well as an ASDF transport aircraft were deployed and conducted medical activities and cultural exchanges in cooperation with NGOs (2 organizations and 10 individuals).

In 2014, SDF medical personnel (approx. 40 personnel) and an MSDF transport vessel (KUNISAKI) were deployed to Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Philippines. In addition, SDF engineer personnel (approx. 10 personnel) was sent to Cambodia and an ASDF transport aircraft was deployed to the Philippines for taking part in medical activities, facility repairs, and cultural exchanges in cooperation with NGOs (1 organization and 12 individuals).

Q4. What are the specific activities of PP 2015?

A4.PP 2015 takes place in the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asian countries. The MOD/SDF conducts activities in Fiji from May 31st to June 19th, in Papua New Guinea from June 26th to July 10th, and in the Philippines from July 18th to August 14th. We dispatch:
(1) SDF medical personnel: 30
(2) GSDF engineer personnel: 30
(3) MSDF vessel (the Philippines): 1
in Papua New Guinea and the Philippines, the SDF will conduct activities in cooperation with NGOs. The activities include:

  • Comprehensive medical care mainly composed of internal medicine and dental service
  • Public health education to local residents and medical staff
  • Repairing facilities such as local medical clinics and schools
  • Transport of SDF personnel and necessary supplies by a MSDF replenishment vessel
  • Cultural exchanges with local residents (introduction of Japanese culture such as origami paper folding art and kendo fencing)
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