Last week I was honored to be invited along with other members of Hawaii’s Social Media community to take a tour of the USS Cleveland while it was docked at Pearl Harbor before embarking on its Pacific Partnership 2011 humanitarian missions throughout the Pacific. We also had the privilege of having a casual dinner with the commodore, Captain Jesse A. Wilson, Jr., and a few crew members, allowing us to learn more about the ship and their mission firsthand.
Pacific Parternship is an annual humanitarian and civic assistance mission designed to strengthen regional relationships and increase interoperability between the United States, partner nations, and international humanitarian and relief organizations. Through a variety of humanitarian and civic assistance activities throughout the Pacific Fleet area of responsibility, Pacific Partnership works closely with host nations, partner nations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other U.S. government agencies to leave a lasting impact through cooperative engagements in the region.
Pacific Partnership 2011 will deliver humanitarian and civic assistance, along with environmental sustainability missions from USS Cleveland to the nations of Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
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If you are interested in following the USS Cleveland during its mission, here are some links: