DILI, Timor-Leste — U.S. Pacific
Fleet’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies and Requirements,
Rear Adm. Thomas F. Carney visited several Pacific Partnership 2010
mission sites, including the Military Sealift Command hospital ship
USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) Aug. 19.
Carney toured Nu Laran School, where
several projects are being conducted by host and partner nation
Seabees and engineers alike, in support of the engineering civic
action program (ENCAP), which includes painting, renovations and
installing a new septic system.
“We are really fortunate to have this many organizations
participating in this mission,” said Carney. “Not only U.S.
military, also foreign military and foreign non-governmental
organizations, which work with us to make Pacific Partnership a
Carney said the mission is about much more than planned operations.
“It is not just the good medical, dental, or engineering works that
are being conducted, but also the relations we build to facilitate
the host nation countries, teach them, and learn from them, so in
the event of an actual natural disaster, we would know who to work
with during recovery operations. This mission is a tremendous
success in building a team effort.”
Carney, accompanied by Commander, Pacific Partnership 2010, Capt.
Lisa M. Franchetti, visited a soccer stadium, where more than 20
Mercy crew members, led by Lt. Derrick Horne, a Navy Chaplain, were
preparing the field for an upcoming game by Timorese Ministry of
Youth and Sports and Pacific Partnership 2010 participants.
Carney toured the hospital ship and afterwards took a helicopter to
a medical/dental civic action program (MED/DENCAP) at Saint Maria
School Suai, in a remote region of Timor-Leste. Hundreds of Timorese
citizens were at the MED/DENCAP to receive a variety of medical
“I am very impressed with the quality of care we have been able to
provide, we try to work as hard as we can to treat as many patients
as possible,” said Cdr. Bharat Patel, officer-in-charge of the Suai
MECAP. “Today is our final day of operations here. Not only is it
important for us to see as many patients as we can, we have to
provide a high level of care, because many people may not have
access to these types of care.”
Pacific Partnership 2010 is the fifth in a series of annual U.S.
Pacific Fleet humanitarian assistance and disaster relief endeavors,
aimed at strengthening regional partnerships. Having already
completed operations in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia, Mercy will
conclude operations in Timor-Leste in several days, marking the
final country where Mercy will conduct operations in support of
Pacific Partnership 2010. Pacific Partnership 2010 will continue to
Papua New Guinea aboard HMAs Tobruk (LSH-50).