06/06/2017: Developing deeper Defence relationships with Vietnam.
In 2017, the Australian Defence Force deployed a team of medical specialists to Exercise Pacific Partnership to work alongside Defence Force personnel and civilian medical practitioners from the United States, Great Britain and Japan in cities and provinces of Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
The Australian contingent included two Royal Australian Navy Medical Officers specialising in Dive Medicine who participated in an information exchange program with the United States Navy ad Vietnam People’s Armed Forces.
Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, and aims to enhance regional coordination in areas such as medical readiness and preparedness for man-made and natural disasters.
Australia has been involved in every iteration of Pacific Partnership since it was first started more than twelve years ago after the multinational Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief response to the 2004 tsunami event in Banda Aceh.
Australian Department of Defense:6/1/17