DVIDS – News – Pacific Partnership 2022 Team Participates in Sports Day Host Country Outreach Events


Pacific Partnership 2022 crew members participated in five sports days of Host Nation Outreach Events (HNOE) while visiting USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in Vietnam. About 122 Pacific Partnership crew members, including representatives from Australia and the United Kingdom, and 800 Vietnamese participants played football and volleyball during the mission’s stopover in Vietnam.

The HNOEs have allowed partner and host nations to come together, foster relationships and create lasting friendships that will continue long after the mission is over.

“The Pacific Partnership team was truly grateful to participate in a sports day at Mientrung University,” said Lt. Steven Szelmeczki, U.S. Navy Chaplain and Pacific Partnership 2022 HNOE Planner. participated in friendly football and volleyball matches where the Vietnamese showed their athleticism against our teams, but we had a lot of fun in the process.”

Not only do these events foster camaraderie between nations, they also allow junior sailors the opportunity to create experiences that will last for years. Equipment Operator 2nd Class Hung Ho, originally from Vietnam, said he was proud to be part of such an incredible event in his homeland while serving in the United States Navy.

“Soccer is my favorite sport because I love playing it,” Ho said. in the military, especially in the United States Navy, I am deeply honored to be able to represent the USNS Mercy and participate in a friendly football game with the local community during Pacific Partnership 2022 and to wear our uniform.

The Pacific Partnership is in its 17th year and is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific region.

For more information on the Pacific Partnership mission and USNS Mercy, visit:
https://www.facebook.com/pacificpartnership or https://www.facebook.com/USNSMercy, or https://www.msc.usff.navy.mil/ships/mercy/.

Date taken: 07.02.2022
Date posted: 07.09.2022 07:24
Story ID: 424668
Location: NV

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