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This week, an international operation and exercise called Pacific Partnership came to a close. The massive 10-nation effort began in mid-May and was aimed at improving maritime security, conducting humanitarian assistance and strengthening disaster-response preparedness throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

In total, Pacific Partnership held 85 disaster response events, 49 engineering/civic action projects, treated 18,679 medical and dental patients, held 136 medical training engagements, evaluated 4,925 animals, cleared more than 2,100 rounds of unexploded ordnance, hosted 208 subject-matter expert exchanges and organized 102 community service events in Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.

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