Hospital ship USNS Comfort departs on humanitarian mission

Hospital ship USNS Comfort departs on humanitarian mission

Hospital ship USNS Comfort departs on humanitarian mission

US Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort It has set off on its first humanitarian aid mission since completing a routine overhaul and drydocking period earlier this year.

USNS Comfort (T-AH20) Departed from Naval Station Norfolk on 19 October in support of the Continuing Promise mission. After a brief halt at the Port of Miami over the weekend, the ship has now sailed for Latin America and the Caribbean where it will participate in humanitarian aid, readiness building and goodwill missions. The first stops will be Guatemala and Honduras before sailing to other countries in the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Haiti.

The deployment comes after a month-long overhaul and drydocking period at the Alabama Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, where it arrived on “Fat Tuesday,” which was March 1, 2022.

During its two-month deployment, a team of approximately 1,000 military and civilian personnel will work with various government agencies to provide medical assistance to communities. The majority of these patients will be treated at the ship’s land-based medical sites, while select patients can be selected for the hospital ship’s onboard surgical services.

“Much of their population has been pushed into poverty as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, and they are doing their best to recover,” said US Army General Laura Richardson, commander of US Southern Command (Southcom). “The USNS Comfort Certainly will help grow the partnership, but it will also help countries that are grappling with the impact of all the challenges they face.”

Since its inception in 2007, the Continuing Promise mission has treated a total of more than 580,000 patients, while USNS Comfort Alone has treated about half a million patients and performed more than 7000 surgeries. The crew for this year’s mission is looking to add to that total as the ship begins its eighth mission.

“Amidst this sea of ​​challenges, rest Sails as a symbol of the unbreakable bond between the people of the United States and the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean,” Richardson said. “The ship and its crew will extend an outstretched hand. They give hope. Wherever she goes, she carries with us our abiding promise, and whatever it symbolizes. ,

“I am excited to work with such an enthusiastic and professional medical team,” said Captain Kathryn Elliott, Commanding Officer USNS Comfort, “it is of comfort The seventh deployment in support of the Continuing Promise, and we could not be more thrilled to work with our allies, to exchange knowledge and provide assistance to those in need, continuing the lasting legacy of the Promised Mission. Happened. ,

rest The US Naval Station will also hold a re-supply mission stop at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the only main operating base at USSouthcom AOR and the oldest overseas US Naval base.

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