Navy amphibious ship to go on humanitarian mission
HONOLULU (AP) — The Navy is sending an amphibious dock landing ship to six Pacific island nations over the next several months to provide humanitarian assistance and help people better prepare for disasters.
U.S. Pacific Fleet said Thursday the USS Pearl Harbor will leave Hawaii on May 24. It will stop first in Samoa and then visit Tonga, the Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.
This is the eighth time the Pacific Fleet has sent ships on this type of mission. Last year, the hospital ship USNS Mercy offered cataract surgery, dental fillings and other aid in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Cecil Haney says the Pacific Partnership missions build trust, enhance cooperation, and open dialogues between leaders.