Today's "Photo of the Week" takes us to the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Southeast Asia, where the USNS Mercy gets fueled at sea by the USNS Amelia Earhart, with the JDS Kunisaki not far behind.
The photo comes to DipNote courtesy of the U.S. Navy's LT Marissa N. Myatt, which is appropriate for a whole-of-government project such as Pacific Partnership 2010. As Foreign Service Liaison Officer Thomas Weinz, aboard the Mercy, has been chronicling on this blog since March, Pacific Partnership 2010 (PP-10) is an ongoing international partnership that brings medical and engineering expertise directly to the regions that require it. This year's Pacific Partnership visits six countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, and Palau.
You can follow along with Tom's travels in these entries:
• U.S. Announces Pacific Partnership 2010• Pacific Partnership Gears Up for 2010 Launch• Pacific Partnership 2010 Sets Sail From San Diego• Pacific Partnership Arrives in Vietnam• Ambassador Michalak Promotes Pacific Partnership Visit to Vietnam• Pacific Partnership 2010: Farewells in Vietnam• Pacific Partnership Arrives in Cambodia• Pacific Partnership: Community Service Outreach in CambodiaRelated Entry: Photo of the Week: U.S. Fans Cheer Team