Tulsa Sailor Participates In Pacific Ocean-Based Humanitarian Mission


Monday, June 22nd 2015, 1:36 pm
By: Richard Clark


LABASA, Fiji 

A sailor from Tulsa was aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship that visited the Labasa Hospital in Fiji last week. 

Navy medical personnel from the hospital ship USNS Mercy visited the hospital to exchange ideas and offer medical assistance to their Fijian counterparts. 

According to a news release from the Navy, it's part of an operation called Pacific Partnership 2015.

Mercy is currently in Savusavu, Fiji its first stop in PP15. Commander Alan Ross, a Navy audiologist from Tulsa, administered hearing tests at the hospital, including one to a newborn.

This is the tenth edition of Pacific Partnership, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. 

The primary goal of Pacific Partnership is to train for crisis conditions. But over the years the operation has provided real-world medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary services to more than 38,000 animals. 

It's also provided critical infrastructure development to host nations through more than 180 engineering projects.