Vietnam steps up preparations for level-2 field hospital deployment

The two-day exchange is attended by experts from military hospitals of the US and the UK, along with officers of the VPC and the Ministry of National Defense of Vietnam. The subject-matter expert exchange held on August 8-9 to make final planning on level-two field hospital equipment practical training It aims to share expertise and experience among relevant parties so as to make a plan on practical training with level-two field hospital equipment. That will help Vietnam stand ready to send its force to UN peacekeeping missions when requested. VPC Director, Senior Colonel Hoang Kim Phung thanked the US and UK experts for their assistance and affirmed the importance of experience sharing to ensure practical training with level-two field hospital equipment. At the exchange, participants were briefed upon Vietnam’s preparations for the level-two field hospital, the UK’s deployment of a field hospital at the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, and the goals of the level-two field hospital equipment practical training. They also worked on logistics and administration works for the practical training, simulations to be used during the training, and the operation of the level-two field hospital at the practical training area. The field hospital practical training is scheduled to be organized in September this year. Source: VNA... [read more]

U.S. hospital ship arrives in Danang An Huy By An Huy - The Saigon Times Daily The USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), the lead ship of its class of hospital ships in the United States Navy, entered Danang Bay on August 17 for free medical services until August 28 under Pacific Partnership 2015 (PP15). The ship is accompanied by the joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3). The hospital ship has 1,000 beds and 12 operation rooms equipped with advanced equipment. It is capable of performing general surgery and orthopedic operations with a crew of over 16,000 officers and doctors from the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. In Danang, U.S. and partner nation service members and non-governmental organizations will conduct subject matter expert exchanges on various medical and disaster relief topics, dental engagements, and engineering civic action programs, according to a statement issued on the U.S. Pacific Fleet website. Staff aboard the USNS Mercy and the USNS Millinocket will also volunteer for community outreach events in the city. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. While training for crisis conditions, Pacific Partnership missions to date have provided medical care to about 270,000 patients and veterinary services to more than 38,000 animals. PP15 has also provided critical infrastructure development to host nations through the completion of more than 180 engineering projects.... [read more]

PANO - The US Navy and the Vietnam People's Navy (VPN) kicked off the seventh annual Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) Vietnam in Da Nang city on September 28. NEA Vietnam 2016 will focus on non-combatant events and will include symposia in military medicine and maritime law, subject-matter expert exchanges in navigation, shipboard medicine and damage control and community service events including multiple performances by the US Navy’s 7th Fleet Rock Band “Orient Express.” The engagement has evolved from annual port visits to Da Nang city by US Navy ships, which began more than a decade ago, to a multi-day bilateral naval engagement ashore and at sea. Each year the engagement becomes more complex, and last year marked the first time a littoral combat ship, USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), participated. “Our coordination with the VPN and Da Nang municipal People’s Committee continues to be positive and productive, and we appreciate the efforts of the US country team in Hanoi to continually deepen our partnership with the VPN. We’ve expanded the sea phase this year to incorporate a more complex CUES event and search and rescue scenario,” said Capt. H. B. Le, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 7. “We’re looking forward to working with USS John S. McCain and interacting with the VPN and people in Da Nang city, building on the success and lessons from last year’s NEA.” During the sea phase, the two navies will practice communications through the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) and conduct a search and…... [read more]

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain of the US Navy docked at Tien Sa port, Da Nang on September 28, beginning a four-day friendly visit to the central city. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain of the US Navy The vessel carries 23 officers and 315 noncommissioned officers and crew members on board. During the stay, the guests will pay courtesy visits to leaders of the municipal People’s Committee and the High Command of Naval Region 3.The US naval officers will also join Vietnamese counterparts in community activities and sports exchanges, and visit several historical and tourist sites in Da Nang. After the farewell ceremony on October 1, the US destroyer will join the seventh-annual Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) with the Vietnam People's Navy’s ship. NEA Vietnam 2016 will focus on non-combatant events and will include symposia in military medicine and maritime law, subject-matter expert exchanges in navigation, shipboard medicine and damage control and community service events. VNA... [read more]

(CPV) - The Vietnam People's Navy (VPN) and the US Navy on September 28th kicked off the seventh annual Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) Vietnam with a welcome ceremony at Tien Sa port in Central Da Nang city. By focusing on non-combatant events, NEA Vietnam 2016 will include symposia in military medicine and maritime law, subject-matter expert exchanges in navigation, shipboard medicine and damage control and community service events including multiple performances by the US Navy’s 7th Fleet Rock Band “Orient Express”. The engagement has evolved from annual port visits to Da Nang by US Navy ships, which began more than a decade ago, to a multi-day bilateral naval engagement ashore and at sea. The engagement, each year, becomes more complex, and last year marked the first time a littoral combat ship, USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), participated. "Our coordination with the VPN and Da Nang city People’s Committee continues to be positive and productive, and we appreciate the efforts of the US country team in Hanoi to continually deepen our partnership with the VPN. We’ve expanded the sea phase this year to incorporate a more complex CUES event and search and rescue scenario," said Captain. H. B. Le, commodore, Destroyer Squadron 7. Accordingly, the two sides will practice communications through the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) and conduct a search and rescue scenario. US assets participating in 2016 include the guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain (DDG 56), personnel from CTF 73, DESRON 7, and the US 7th…... [read more]

Ships of the Pacific Partnership 2016, the 11th annual deployment of forces from the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy (USN), departed from the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang on Thursday after completing two weeks of training and exchanges. Ships of the Pacific Partnership 2016, the 11th annual deployment of forces from the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy (USN), departed from the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang on Thursday after completing two weeks of training and exchanges. While in Vietnam, the Pacific Partnership 2016 focused on disaster response training, medical and engineering subject matter expert exchanges, cooperative health engagements and community relations events. This year marks the seventh time the mission has visited Vietnam in the past 11 years and the first time that three ships, including USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), Japanese Ship Shimokita (LST 4002), and Vietnam People’s Navy ship Khanh Hoa (K-123), have participated in the Da Nang mission, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said in a press release the same day. For the first time, the Khanh Hoa ship has hosted Vietnamese and U.S. Navy doctors in dental and surgical cooperative health engagements alongside other Pacific Partnership medical personnel. “With nearly dozens of complex medical engagements completed, Pacific Partnership 2016 was a resounding success due to the incredible planning and the delivery of world class medical care by our Vietnamese colleagues,” said Capt. Peter Roberts, commanding officer, Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). “Working collaboratively, side-by-side, the Vietnamese and Mercy…... [read more]

(CPV) - After completing two weeks of disaster response training, medical and engineering subject matter expert exchanges, cooperative health engagements and community relations events, Pacific Partnership 2016 departed from Central Da Nang city on July 28th. In the past 11 years, it is the seventh time the mission has visited Vietnam, and the first time that three ships, including USNS MERCY (T-AH 19), Japanese Ship Shimokita (LST 4002), and Vietnam People’s Navy ship Khanh Hoa (K-123) participated in the Da Nang mission. For the first time, Khanh Hoa hosted Vietnamese and US Navy doctors in dental and surgical cooperative health engagements alongside other Pacific Partnership medical personnel. “With nearly dozens of complex medical engagements completed, Pacific Partnership 2016 was a resounding success due to the incredible planning and the delivery of world class medical care by our Vietnamese colleagues. Working collaboratively, side-by-side, the Vietnamese and Mercy teams made significant strides in our mutual understanding and management of complex burn, spine, and orthopedic patients. The skilled providers of Vietnam, aboard Khanh Hoa, delivered medical, surgical and dental care in a shipboard environment while our doctors learned how their skills could be quickly integrated if required”, said Capt. Peter Roberts, commanding officer, Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). A disaster relief workshop, co-hosted by Vietnam National Committee for Search and Rescue and Pacific Partnership 2016 was also a new feature for this year. The workshops included disaster management organization, early warning signs and incident command system, and search and rescue…... [read more]

The crew of the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) wrapped up their 10-day visit in Da Nang, Vietnam Aug. 28, completing the ship’s last mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2015. While in Da Nang, U.S. and Vietnamese service members and healthcare professionals worked side-by-side to conduct a variety of subject matter expert exchanges on medical and disaster relief topics, and provided direct care to Vietnamese patients during joint replacement surgeries aboard Mercy and several dental engagements in the local community. One of the highlights of the mission in Vietnam was a restorative medicine summit, where U.S. Navy and Vietnamese military surgeons shared their experiences and insights with each other on a wide range of medical topics, including plastic and reconstructive surgery, battlefield orthopedic injuries and pain management in trauma rehabilitation. "Of all the countries we are visiting this year, Vietnam is enabling us to maximize our subject matter expert exchanges… This is evident in the number of engagements we completed that range from symposiums of doctor-patient-doctor discussions, to the education of both healthcare workers and general public, to first aid and disaster response," said Lt. William B. Arden, the dental department head aboard Mercy. The Pacific Partnership mission culminated in a coastal medicine disaster drill, where Mercy medical personnel worked alongside Vietnamese doctors, nurses and emergency response personnel to demonstrate their ability to work together to transport and treat the injured during a disaster. "This high-profile event was illustrative of why we were here. It very clearly emphasized an…... [read more]

(CPV) - Around 90 medical professionals from the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and Vietnamese hospitals/medical centers conducted a restorative medical summit at the Da Nang Northern Hotel during Pacific Partnership 2015. The summit highlighted best medical practices in specialized areas of practice for the US military and civilian medical communities, as well as Vietnamese military and civilian medical personnel, and enabled leaders to share medical experiences. It is a highlight of a two-week collaboration of intensive subject matter expert exchanges on cutting-edge reconstruction procedures such as laser scar revision and surgical scar revision. Pacific Partnership 2015 collaboration teams included US and Vietnamese military, Operation Hope, Da Nang General Hospital, various Da Nang medical centers, and Hanoi’s National Institute of Burns medical personnel. By covering specialized medical topics such as dermatology, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, physical medicine/rehabilitation, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, Pacific Partnership activity is very meaningful in Vietnam with so many exchanges on treatment of wounds, scars and burns, thus helping to improve the capability from low-level village medical experts to higher levels, such as Da Nang hospitals and military experts. Besides, a father and his daughter spoke to the group to express their gratitude for everybody's involvement in treating the girl’s burn injuries. The girl received numerous skin reconstruction surgeries from past Pacific Partnerships and other medical outreach programs. Doctors attending the summit also treated approximately 50 patients at Da Nang General Hospital for various burn scars and physically altering traumatic injuries during PP15. The Military…... [read more]

(CPV) - The hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) arrived in Tien Sa port in the central city of Da Nang on August 17th for their last mission stops of Pacific Partnership 2015. While in Da Nang, US and partner nation service members worked together to conduct subject matter expert exchanges on various medical and disaster relief topics, dental engagements, and engineering civil action programs. Personnel aboard both ships also have the opportunity to volunteer for community outreach events. "A significant portion of what we’re going to be doing in Vietnam is subject matter expert exchange. It will be relating to disaster medicine, disaster preparedness, and all the other associated items which will provide the Vietnamese community with the wherewithal to sustain themselves in events of a catastrophe," said Royal Australian Navy Commander Ken Walters The mission in Vietnam will culminate in a disaster medicine drill where both US and Vietnam medical personnel will participate both on and off Mercy. The drill will have about fifty casualties. Part of that will be an element that will happen aboard Mercy, where casualties will come from ashore and be brought here. Vietnamese health providers will be practiced who they run a mass casualty and evacuation drill. According to the Commanding Officer of Medical Treatment Facility Mercy, Captain Melanie Merrick, the mission in Vietnam will focus on sharing ideas and furthering an understanding of the response capabilities in the host nation should a disaster…... [read more]




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