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DA NANG, Vietnam (Aug. 21, 2015) Joseph Jankiewicz (right), an orthopedic surgeon from San Diego with Project Hope, reaches for surgical tools during knee replacement surgery for a Vietnamese patient aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as part of Pacific Partnership 2015. The medical team included Navy surgeons, anesthesiologists and hospital corpsmen, as well as an orthopedic surgeon with the non-governmental organization Project Hope. Mercy is at its fourth mission port of Vietnam for PP15. Pacific Partnership is in its 10th iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. While training for crisis conditions, Pacific Partnership missions to date have provided real world medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary services to more than 38,000 animals. Additionally, the mission has provided critical infrastructure development to host nations through more than 180 engineering projects. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Valerie Eppler/RELEASED)

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Taken on August 21, 2015