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AFP Chief and Japanese official visit Pacific Partnership 2012

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, June 25 (PIA) -- Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief LtGen Jessie D Dellosa and Gen Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff of the Japanese Self Defense Forces (JASDF) went to Calbayog City in connection with the on-going Pacific Partnership 2012 humanitarian missions on June 21 2012.

The visit of the Japanese military leader is considered another milestone in AFP–JSDF relations that has been strengthened through the years.

Dellosa and Iwasaki met at the Calbayog Pier as they were scheduled to have their tour of the Japanese landing ship tank Oosumi and the USNS Mercy.

Local residents can avail of scheduled ship tours at the USNS Mercy through AFP-USN Public Affairs officers in charge of this activity.

Everyday, since the opening of the PP12 Humanitarian Mission and Disaster readiness enhancement, local folks have been flocking various sites of the Medical Missions and other PP12 activities.

PP12 activities include medical and dental missions, veterinary missions, construction projects, band shows, disaster preparedness symposium, and various subject matter expert exchanges on health care and other disaster related topics.

The US Ambassador to the Philippines, Ambassador Harry K Thomas, attended the formal launching of PP12 to show the US’ appreciation and gratitude to the Philippines for hosting the PP12 in Samar Island.

The 984-foot USNS Mercy Hospital Ship, anchored off the shores of Calbayog City, will only serve as a platform for surgery operations. No surgical operations will be performed outside the US Naval Hospital Ship. All patients recommended to undergo surgery will be ferried from the Calbayog City Pier to the ship and will stay on board the ship until full recuperated from surgery. (PIA 8, Samar with Lt Col A Lagamon and Lt Cdr M Breedlove) 

Lt Col A Lagamon/Lt Cdr M Breedlove
Philippine Information Agency 8
June 25, 2012


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