Sihanoukville Port

Closing Ceremony for the Pacific Partnership 2010 mission in Cambodia

Pacific Partnership 2010 Closing Ceremony

They came.  They saw.  And they saw some more.  Patients, that is.  Medical patients.

Hundreds of surgeries aboard the USNS Mercy, and thousands of patients in Sunny SihanoukVille, and in the remote provinces of Cambodia.   Free glasses, free drugs (the good kind), and free medical services for all.  Even thousands of animals were helped, thanks to the veterinarians on the ship.

The USNS Mercy hospital ship, along with the JDS Kunisaki, and dozens of NGO's and hundreds of volunteers came to Cambodia to help build (schools), repair (medical equipment in the public hospitals), drill (for water), and perform many other humanitarian tasks for almost 2 weeks.

They were happy to help, and we were all sure happy they came as well.

Arigato.....Thanks!

But all good things have to come to an end.

On June 27th, 2010, the Mercy and Kunisaki had to leave.  We were all sad to see the ships (well the people on the ships) go.

So we had to have a "Thank You, Hope to See You Again" farewell party.

The JDS Kunisaki at the SihanoukVille Port Pier PP10 closing ceremony
The JDS Kunisaki at the SihanoukVille Port Pier PP10 closing ceremony

It was a rainy day in Sunny SihanoukVille
It was a rainy day in Sunny SihanoukVille

Rank has its priveliges (especially in the rain)
Rank has its privileges (especially in the rain)

It isn't a ceremony without the band.
It isn't a ceremony without the band.

The American Ambassador to Cambodia arrives
The American Ambassador to Cambodia arrives


On the stage

The Cambodian military.
The Cambodian military.


The Pacific Partnership 2010's big boss.

The Cambodian Navy kept watch for the ceremony
The Cambodian Navy kept watch for the ceremony

NCIS, now in it's 5th season.
NCIS, now in it's 5th season.


And the band played again for the closing of the closing ceremony.

The JDS Kunisaki (and pretty lady) in SihanoukVille, Cambodia
The JDS Kunisaki (and pretty lady) in SihanoukVille, Cambodia

You must say please, to cross this line
You must say please, to cross this line

Some pictures of the pre-closing ceremony on the JDS Kunisaki, the night before.


   
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