The people of the Solomon Islands and members of Pacific Partnership 2015 celebrated the completion of a successful two-week mission by the Military Sealift Command joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) July 24.
Millinocket and embarked Task Forager provided medical, engineering, veterinary and dental support to Guadalcanal and Maliata citizens.
The leadership of the Solomon Islands expressed their gratitude for all the assistance brought by Pacific Partnership 2015 personnel.
“We thank you so much for everything you have done for this country,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honorable Milner Tozaka. “What you have done will continue to improve the lives of our people even after you have left our shores.”
Seabees and Marines spent 12 days renovating Vura Primary School to improve the learning environment for the 450 students who attend the school.
The medical teams trained more than 160 Solomon Island medical professionals, famers, and police. They saw more than 560 patients, 51 animals and distributed more than 420 spectacles.
Meyer also spoke of the warm welcome they received in the Solomon Islands and how the youth of the nation left an impression on him.
Millinocket departed the Solomon Islands July 26 and is en route to the Philippines to continue the Pacific Partnership 2015 mission.