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Enduring Promise: USNS Comfort Deployment 2019

The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort is on a five-month deployment to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of humanitarian and partner-building efforts as part of the U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative.

The ship and crew will provide medical assistance to Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago as well as conduct logistics and liberty port visits to Panama and Curaçao.

Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants.

Since 2007, personnel involved in USNS Comfort deployments have treated more than 488,000 patients, performed 5,500 surgeries, completed over 100 engineering projects, and conducted countless other assistance activities.

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USNS Comfort’s Mission Stops

 

USNS Comfort in CALLAO, Peru

Venezuelan Child Receives Surgery Aboard USNS Comfort (July 19, 2019)

 

Peruvian Navy Officer Shares his Experiences aboard USNS Comfort (July 19, 2019)

Meet Some of the Crew Aboard USNS Comfort (July 16, 2019)

 

Comfort Kicks Off Medical Mission in Peru with Opening Ceremony (July 12, 2019)

CALLAO, Peru (NNS) — Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, along with U.S. military and diplomatic representatives and partner nation representatives attended an opening ceremony for USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) mission stop in Callao, Peru.

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USNS Comfort Arrives in Peru to Provide Medical Assistance (July 8, 2019)

CALLAO, Peru (NNS) — Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Callao, Peru, for the second port visit of its 2019 deployment.

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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2019) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, the Peruvian navy logistics support vessel BAP Tacna (ARL-158), and a Peruvian navy Bell 412 helicopter practice maneuvering techniques. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2019) Musician 3rd Class Elizabeth Wetzel, from Phoenix, Ariz., performs aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) during maneuvering exercises with the Peruvian navy logistics support vessel BAP Tacna (ARL-158). Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jordan R. Bair)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2019) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) receives a fuel probe from the Peruvian navy logistics support vessel BAP Tacna (ARL-158) during replenishment-at-sea practice. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2019) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) and the Peruvian navy logistics support vessel BAP Tacna (ARL-158) practice maneuvering techniques. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall)
CALLAO, Peru (July 14, 2019) Capt. Kevin Buckley, commanding officer of the military treatment facility aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), gives a tour of the ship to Jorge Moscosco, Peruvian minister of defense. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Brendan Fitzgerald/Released)
CALLAO, Peru (July 14, 2019) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Robert P. McCann, from New Freedom, Pa., flies in an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter alongside a Peruvian military Bell 412 over the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)
CALLAO, Peru (June 14, 2019) Navy doctors assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) participate in a subject matter expert exchange with Peruvian navy doctors aboard the Peruvian ship B.A.P. TACNA (ARL-158). Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jordan R. Bair/Released)
CALLAO, Peru (July 14, 2019) Electronics Technician 1st Class James Smith, from Clinton, Iowa, right, and Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Travis Free, from Elberta, Ala., both assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), help to build and paint a playground for Venezuelan migrant children while the ship is in port for a medical mission. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard L.J. Gourley/Released)
CALLAO, Peru (July 13, 2019) Lt. Jack Davis, a Navy dentist assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), conducts a dental exam on a child at a temporary medical treatment site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Martinez Martinez/Released)
CALLAO, Peru (July 12, 2019) Navy and civilian personnel assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) tour the Peruvian navy ship BAP Tacna (ARL 158). Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Ray Nuñez Jr./Released)
CALLAO, Peru (July 12, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Heather Richards, from Glendale, Ariz., assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), takes an echocardiogram of a patient at a temporary medical treatment site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)
CALLAO, Peru (July 11, 2019) A patient receives an eye exam at a hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) temporary medical treatment site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos/Released)
CALLAO, Peru (July 11, 2019) Capt. Kevin Buckley, commanding officer of the military treatment facility aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), holds a patient at a temporary medical treatment site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brendan Fitzgerald/Released)
CALLAO, Peru (July 10, 2019) Asia Rios, from Los Angeles, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) provides medical services to patients at a temporary medical site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Ray Nuñez Jr./Released)
CALLAO, Peru (July 10, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Jack Eric Tobin, a Navy nurse assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), checks a patient’s vital signs at a temporary medical treatment site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Richards/Released)
CALLAO, Peru (July 10, 2019) Multinational military members and guests attend an opening ceremony symbolizing the start of the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) medical mission in Peru. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brendan Fitzgerald/Released)
CALLAO, Peru (July 9, 2019) Peruvian navy divers perform maintenance for the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos/Released)
CALLAO, Peru (July 8, 2019) Hospitalman Juni Rodascano, from Atlanta, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), helps carry medical supplies a temporary medical treatment site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Martinez Martinez/Released)
CALLAO, Peru (July 8, 2019) Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate David Johnson, from Phoenix, Arizona, and Hospitalman Troy Alan, from Atlanta, Georgia, attach cargo to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall)
CALLAO, Peru (July 8, 2019) Sailors assigned to USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) set up a U.S. Navy medical site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Martinez Martinez/Released)
CALLAO, Peru (July 8, 2019) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is anchored off the coast of Callao, Peru. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)
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USNS Comfort in MANTA, Ecuador

Look Back at USNS Comfort’s Medical Care to Manta, Ecuador (July 7, 2019)

Comfort Completes First Medical Mission of 2019 Deployment in Manta (July 5, 2019)

MANTA, Ecuador (NNS) — The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) wrapped up its first medical mission in Manta, Ecuador, during a symbolic closing ceremony.

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Providing Comfort: Patient Gets a New Look at Life

 

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MANTA, Ecuador (July 3, 2019) Ecuadorian navy inspector general Rear Adm. Ginez, left, presents a gift to Capt. Brian J. Diebold, commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 40, during a closing ceremony symbolizing the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) medical mission in Ecuador. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brendan Fitzgerald/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (July 3, 2019) Sailors assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 conduct a medical evacuation drill on the flight deck of the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bobby Siens/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (June 3, 2019) Sailors assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) provide medical care at a temporary medical treatment facility. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jordan R. Bair/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (July 3 , 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Michael R. Krok, from Pinehurst, North Carolina, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), performs physical therapy on a patient at a medical site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (July 2, 2019) Sailors and local volunteers participate in a local beach clean-up organized by the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos)
MANTA, Ecuador (July 2, 2019) Andrea Hill, left, director of Amiguitos Del Oceano, and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Logan L. Howard, right, from Des Moines, Iowa, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) collect plastic during a local beach clean-up event. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos)
MANTA, Ecuador (July 2, 2019) 1st Lt. Tate Klidonas, an Army physical therapist assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), provides physical therapy to a patient at a temporary medical treatment site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Martinez Martinez)
MANTA, Ecuador (July 1, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Karina Gonzalez, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), cleans a patient’s teeth at a temporary medical treatment site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Richards)
MANTA, Ecuador (June 2, 2019) Lt. Troy Underbrink, a Navy doctor assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), administers acupuncture therapy to a patient at a temporary medical treatment facility. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jordan R. Bair)
MANTA, Ecuador (June 30, 2019) Musician 3rd Class Elizabeth Wetzel, assigned to the U.S. Fleet Forces band embarked aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), performs at a concert at Plaza Civica. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bobby Siens/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (June 30, 2019) Hospitalman David A. Nash, from Waconia, Minnesota, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), takes a patient’s vitals in Manta, Ecuador, June 30, 2019, during the first mission stop of its 2019 deployment. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (June 30, 2019) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is moored in the port of Manta, Euador. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (June 29, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. John Arce, a Navy Doctor, assigned to hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), checks a patient’s mouth at a temporary medical treatment center. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brendan Fitzgerald/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (June 29, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Al Jefferson Lintag, from Lincoln Park, N.J., assigned to hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) demonstrates a physical therapy exercise for a patient. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jordan R. Bair/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (June 29, 2019) Hospitalman George Sommers, from San Antonio, Texas, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), records vital signs of a patient at a temporary medical treatment site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bobby Siens/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (June 28, 2019) Sailors, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), provide patient care at a temporary medical treatment site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bobby Siens/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (June 28, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Gustavo Lores, head of dental operations aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), speaks to members of the local press at a temporary medical treatment site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (June 28, 2019) Lt. Scott Dummett, a Dentist assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), fills a patients cavity at a temporary medical treatment site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Richards/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (June 28, 2019) Dancers perform in front of USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) during the Comfort Deployment 2019 opening ceremony. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jordan R. Bair/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (June 27, 2019) Cmdr. Pandora Liptrot, from Rochester, New York, greets a patient aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brendan Fitzgerald/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (June 27, 2019) Lt. Anne Foky, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), visits children at a refuge center. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Richards/Released)
MANTA, Ecuador (June 26, 2019) Ecuadorian Navy Rear Admiral Amilcar Villavicencio, commander of naval operations (left) is greeted by Capt. Kevin Buckley, commanding officer, Military Treatment Facility, aboard the USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jacob Gleich)
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Comfort Opening Ceremony Held in Manta (June 28, 2019)

MANTA, Ecuador (NNS) — Senior leadership from the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) alongside host and partner nation personnel attended the opening ceremony in Manta, Ecuador.

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Comfort Arrives in Manta for First Medical Mission (June 27, 2019)

MANTA, Ecuador (NNS) — The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Manta, Ecuador for the first mission stop of the 2019 deployment.

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USNS Comfort’s Journey from Norfolk to Ecuador

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PACIFIC OCEAN (June 24, 2019) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Matt Braaten, from Lacenter, Wash., and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Benjamin Lazarus, from Waterford, Conn., fly in an MH-60S Seahawk assigned to the “Dragon Whales” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, currently attached to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)
PANAMA CANAL (June 23, 2019) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) transits through the Panama Canal. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Richards/Released)
PANAMA CANAL (June 23, 2019) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) transits through the Panama Canal. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dedrick Johnson/Released)
PANAMA CANAL (June 23, 2019) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) transits through the Panama Canal .Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dedrick Johnson/Released)
PANAMA CANAL (June 23, 2019) Crew members stand watch in the pilot house of the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) as the ship transits the Panama Canal. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dedrick Johnson/Released)
CARIBBEAN SEA (June 22, 2019) Ensign Deonte Pressley, from Washington D.C., briefs a group of Sailors during passenger training aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is deploying to South America, Central America and the Caribbean in support of humanitarian and partner-building efforts. Comfort’s return to the region reflects a common commitment to the respect of human rights and stable, secure, and prosperous democracies in the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brendan Fitzgerald/Released)
CARIBBEAN SEA (June 20, 2019) Hospitalman Apprentice Jennifer Maria Fekos, from Pittsburg, participates in a manual blood pressure training with Ensign Lindsay Robinson from Woodbury, Minnesota, aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is deploying to South America, Central America and the Caribbean in support of humanitarian and partner-building efforts. Comfort’s return to the region reflects a common commitment to the respect of human rights and stable, secure, and prosperous democracies in the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos/Released)
MIAMI (June 18, 2019) CBS Miami and Telemundo 51 reporters capture live stand-ups in front of the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) at PortMiami during a press event featuring Vice President Mike Pence and Adm. Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command. Comfort has departed on its 2019 Enduring Promise deployment to South America, Central America and the Caribbean in support of humanitarian and partner-building efforts. Comfort’s return to the region reflects a common commitment to the respect of human rights and stable, secure, and prosperous democracies in the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Leona A. Donaldson/Released)
MIAMI (June 18, 2019) Vice President Mike Pence highlights the Enduring Promise medical assistance mission to reporters and citizens at a press event featuring the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort has departed on its 2019 Enduring Promise deployment to South America, Central America and the Caribbean in support of humanitarian and partner-building efforts. Comfort’s return to the region reflects a common commitment to the respect of human rights and stable, secure, and prosperous democracies in the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Leona A. Donaldson/Released)
MIAMI (June 18, 2019) Lt. Gwendolyn Mann, from Hampton, Va., shows Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence an operating room during a tour of the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is deploying to South America, Central America and the Caribbean in support of humanitarian and partner-building efforts. Comfort’s return to the region reflects a common commitment to the respect of human rights and stable, secure, and prosperous democracies in the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jordan R. Bair/Released)
MIAMI (June 17, 2019) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrives at PortMiami ahead of a press event featuring Vice President Mike Pence and Adm. Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command. Comfort has departed on its 2019 Enduring Promise deployment to South America, Central America and the Caribbean in support of humanitarian and partner-building efforts. Comfort’s return to the region reflects a common commitment to the respect of human rights and stable, secure, and prosperous democracies in the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Leona A. Donaldson/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 15, 2019) Naval Musician 2nd Class Kent Grover, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, plays the saxophone aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is deploying to South America, Central America and the Caribbean in support of humanitarian and partner-building efforts. Comfort’s return to the region reflects a common commitment to the respect of human rights and stable, secure, and prosperous democracies in the Americas. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jacob Gleich/Released)
NORFOLK (Jun. 14, 2019) Sailors man the rails aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) as they depart for a 2019 deployment. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos)
NORFOLK (June 14, 2019) – The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departs Norfolk for a scheduled deployment. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Keith Wilson/Released)
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USNS Comfort Crew Celebrates 121st Hospital Corpsman Birthday (June 17, 2019)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) — The crew aboard hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) celebrated the 121st birthday of the Hospital Corpsman rating during a ceremony on the ship’s mess decks June 17.

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Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville staff deploy with USNS Comfort (June 17, 2019)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) — Twenty-five staff from Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville (co-located with Naval Hospital Jacksonville) are deploying aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20).

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Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Departs Norfolk for Medical Mission (June 14, 2019)

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) left from Naval Station Norfolk, June 14, to begin its deployment to South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

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