Marshall Islands: Pacific Partnership 2013 Delivers Reverse Osmosis Water System

first_img View post tag: Defence Members of Pacific Partnership 2013 worked with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to deliver a reverse osmosis water system donated by the U.S. Agency for International Development to Ebeye, an island in the Kwajalein Atoll of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, July 7.The reverse osmosis system, donated about two years ago, was loaded onto a landing craft utility (LCU) in Majuro, the capital city, about 140 miles from Ebeye.From there, the LCU boarded amphibious dock-landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), the command platform for Pacific Partnership 2013, which transported the system and the LCU to Ebeye, where only one of two reverse osmosis systems on the island is functioning – the other has been broken and waiting on a new part for more than a year.The 15,000 residents of Ebeye rely on reverse osmosis to fill a 25,000-gallon tank at the Ebeye Purified Water Storage Facility, where they fill containers for drinking water, said Julian Reimers, the general foreman for water and sewer operations on the island.Officials agreed that the residents of Ebeye needed the water system months ago, but both cost and safety issues were associated with the 48-hour transit aboard a fuel barge, which was the only other feasible option to deliver the system, according to Romeo Alfred, manager of the Kwajalein Atoll Joint Utility Resource, which will house the new reverse osmosis system.“The arrival of Pearl Harbor meant we had a mechanism to move it to Ebeye,” said Dave Neville, an Australian employee of IOM, who helped facilitate efforts to transport the reverse osmosis system between islands. “Pacific Partnership was kind enough to step in and move it, otherwise we would have had a difficult time.”U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Stephen Hunter, project coordinator on the Pacific Partnership side, said the mission was already scheduled to visit Majuro and Kwajalein. The reverse osmosis systems movement fit well with the mission’s goals so there was no question on whether or not Pacific Partnership would help IOM.Marshall Island civilians, U.S. military, and international organizations worked together to successfully relocate the system.“It has been nothing but smooth,” said Hunter.The coordination required across the different groups is a well-established trend on the Pacific Partnership 2013 mission, which involves ten partner nations working in coordination with six host nations.“Without the entities working together, it wouldn’t have happened,” said Neville. “While the U.S. Navy offers a very specific capability, other partners offer very different capabilities. Together, they can get lots done, but individually it would be very hard for any one organization to get this thing done right.”Alfred said that the help from IOM and the perfect timing of the Pacific Partnership mission has been a tremendous help for the whole community.Pacific Partnership is a mission that brings host nation governments, U.S. military, partner nation militaries and non-governmental organization volunteers together to conduct disaster-preparedness projects and build relationships in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to better respond during a crisis.[mappress]Press Release, July 9, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Defense July 9, 2013 Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: 2013 View post tag: water View post tag: Reverse View post tag: system Back to overview,Home naval-today Marshall Islands: Pacific Partnership 2013 Delivers Reverse Osmosis Water System View post tag: Osmosis View post tag: Pacific View post tag: delivers Marshall Islands: Pacific Partnership 2013 Delivers Reverse Osmosis Water System View post tag: News by topic View post tag: partnership Share this articlelast_img read more

Prince Harry To Race To South Pole For Charity

first_imgPrince Harry will take part in a race to the South Pole with a team of wounded British servicemen and women.The 28-year-old will take on teams from the United States and the Commonwealth in the 208-mile (335km) Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge in November and December this year.He said at a press conference in London during which the teams were announced: “So, it just remains for me to say to Soldier On Canada, Soldiers To Summits from the US and Soldier On Australia – welcome to the party.”As a member of the British team, I will have a brew ready for you when you join us at the Pole.”Prince Harry, who took part in the charity’s trek to the North Pole in 2011, is already patron of the Antarctica expedition, but today he confirmed he will be taking part with Team Glenfiddich for the whole race.He missed out on a bid to conquer Mount Everest with the group last year because of his military commitments and he withdrew early from the successful North Pole expedition to attend his brother’s wedding.He said of the South Pole race: “The format may be different. The scale is certainly different.“But the aim remains the same – to enable our wounded to do what they and all other servicemen and women do better than anyone else I know – meet a challenge head-on and overcome it and inspire others to do the same.“Ladies and gentlemen, these men and women have given their all in the cause of freedom, in our cause.“That they should once again step into the breach – this time facing down the extreme physical and mental challenges of trekking to the South Pole – just underlines their remarkable qualities.”Prince Harry, who is known as Captain Wales in the Army, added: “So, what are these qualities? Courage, to be sure. Physical strength, endurance, a sense of comradeship, absolutely.“But there’s something else, something deeper than that. Something that continues to draw me back to this charity and these people time and again – and always will.“It’s toughness of mind. An unquenchable spirit that simply refuses to say, ‘I am beaten’. In a way it’s something that can’t be defined. You’ve either got it or you haven’t.”The four wounded service personnel in the British team are Sergeant Duncan Slater, 34, from Muir of Ord in Scotland, who lost both his legs in a blast in Afghanistan in 2009; Major Kate Philp, 34, from Worcestershire, who lost her left leg after a bomb blast in 2008; Captain Guy Disney, 31, from Oxford, who lost his right leg in a rocket attack in 2009; and Captain Ibrar Ali, 36, from York, who lost his right arm in a roadside bomb in 2007.During the four-week Antarctic expedition the racers will drag sledges – known as pulks – weighing more than 150lb (68kg) and face extreme temperatures as low as -45C, along with savage 50mph winds.Prince Harry and his teammates will trek between nine and 13 miles each day, battle against extreme weather conditions and encounter vast crevasses, moving ice-shelves, glaciers and snow storms.The Prince has previously said his career in the army has given him a better understanding of charities for injured Armed Forces personnel and veterans.Prince Harry has been on a number of visits to hospitals and therapy centres where wounded servicemen and women are treated and rehabilitated.Source:PrinceHenryOfWales.orglast_img read more