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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.

See images, videos and read about USNS Comfort’s Journey from Norfolk to Ecuador.

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USNS Comfort’s Mission Stops

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Nov. 8, 2019) Capt. Jill Emerick, a doctor assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), checks a boy’s vital signs at a temporary medical treatment site in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, Nov. 8, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brendan Fitzgerald/Released)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Nov. 8, 2019) Haitians gather outside a temporary medical treatment site to be seen by medical staff from the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, Nov. 8, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brendan Fitzgerald/Released)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Nov. 10, 2019) Sailors assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) issue glasses to patients at a temporary medical treatment site in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Nov. 10, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Nov. 10, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Nicholas Garguilo, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), troubleshoots an X-ray machine from a local hospital at a temporary medical treatment site in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Nov. 10, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Nov. 10, 2019) Sailors assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) provide patient care at a temporary medical treatment site in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Nov. 10, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Nov. 10, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Larry Hockaday, right, and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Herbert Hernandez, both assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), take an X-ray of a child at a temporary medical treatment site in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, Nov. 10, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Nov. 10, 2019) Lt. Jack Davies, right, a dentist, and U.S. Army Spc. Dohyun Kim, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), extract a man’s tooth at a temporary medical treatment site in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Nov. 10, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Nov. 10, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Rick Brown, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), troubleshoots a computed tomography machine from a local hospital at a temporary medical treatment site in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Nov. 10, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)
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Young patient receives life changing surgery aboard the hospital USNS Comfort (T-AH 20).

Comfort Arrives in Haiti to Provide Medical Assistance (Nov. 7, 2019)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (NNS) — The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for its last medical mission stop in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, Nov. 4. Read more on Navy.mil

KINGSTON, Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Nov. 2, 2019) An infographic displaying the number of patients treated during the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20)’s medical missions stop in Kingston, Jamaica as a part of Comfort Deployment 2019. 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 graphic by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jordan R. Bair/Released)

Medical Engagements in Jamaica Aboard USNS Comfort

A Jamaican man visits the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) for help during the ship’s medical mission in Kingston, Jamaica in October. 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 healthcare systems, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants.

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (Nov. 1, 2019) Capt. Brian J. Diebold, commander of Task Force 49, greets Kathryn Wheelbarger, acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, before the closing ceremony for the six-day medical mission of the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in Kingston, Jamaica, Nov. 1, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jordan R. Bair/Released)
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Nov. 1, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Madison Kirk, right, and Hospitalman Carlos Duran, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), read to children receiving care at a community relations event at a local children’s hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, Nov. 1, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Martinez Martinez/Released)
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Nov. 1, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Heather N. Richards, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), greets a boy at a temporary medical treatment site in Kingston, Jamaica, Nov. 1, 2019. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at a temporary medical treatment site, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos/Released)
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Oct. 31, 2019) U.S. Navy Lt. Dan MacHue, a doctor assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), records the vital signs of a Jamaican man suffering from hip pains at a temporary medical treatment site in Kingston, Jamaica, Oct. 31, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Ray Nuñez Jr./Released)
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Oct. 30, 2019) Capt. Patrick Amersbach, commanding officer of the medical treatment facility aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), gives U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Ray Tapia a tour of the ship in Kingston, Jamaica, Oct. 30, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jordan R. Bair/Released)
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Oct. 30, 2019) Argentine air force Capt. Gisela Pereira, a doctor attached to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), consults a woman about her knee pain at a temporary medical treatment site in Kingston, Jamaica, Oct. 30, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Oct. 28, 2019) U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Laura Dormans, a nurse assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), weighs an infant at a temporary medical treatment site in Kingston, Jamaica, Oct. 28, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Martinez Martinez/Released)
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Oct. 28, 2019) U.S. Navy Musician 2nd Class Carl Schulte, a member of the U.S. Fleet Forces Band attached to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), performs for students at Clan Carthy Primary School in Kingston, Jamaica, Oct. 28, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Oct. 27, 2019) U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah Garcia, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), prepares a woman for a chest X-ray at a temporary medical treatment site in Kingston, Jamaica, Oct. 27, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bobby J. Siens/Released)
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USNS Comfort in SANTO DOMINGO

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Oct. 21, 2019) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Bruno Ferreria, left, attached to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), observes as members of the Dominican Republic air force demonstrate survivor approach techniques during a search and rescue swimmer subject matter expert exchange in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oct. 21, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Oct. 21, 2019) Robin S. Bernstein, U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic, speaks during the closing ceremony for the six-day medical mission stop of the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oct. 21, 2019. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at a temporary medical treatment site, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos/Released)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Oct. 19, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Eng-Kulawy, a doctor assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), examines a young boy’s throat at a temporary medical treatment site in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oct. 19, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Oct. 18, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Emmanuel Quinloy, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), takes an X-ray of a man’s hip at a temporary medical treatment site in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oct. 18, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Oct. 18, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jesse Waterfield, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), holds an infant at a temporary medical treatment site in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oct. 18, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jordan R. Bair/Released)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Oct. 18, 2019) Capt. Patrick Amersbach, commanding officer of the medical treatment facility aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), gives a tour of the ship to Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina while anchored off the coast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oct. 18, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Ray Nuñez Jr./Released)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Oct. 18, 2019) Capt. Brian J. Diebold, commander of Task Force 49, presents a gift to Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina following a tour of the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), while anchored off the coast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oct. 18, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Ray Nuñez Jr./Released)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Oct. 17, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ashton Kang, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), educates Dominican children about dental health at a temporary medical treatment site in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oct. 17, 2019. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at a temporary medical treatment site, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos/Released)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Oct. 16, 2019) Lt. Michael Paulin, left, and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Raymond Weeks, both assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), speak about the shipboard pharmacy during a subject matter exchange at Fundación Pediátrica por un Mañana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oct. 16, 2019. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at a temporary medical treatment site, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Ray Nunez Jr./Released)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Oct. 16, 2019) U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin S. Bernstein delivers remarks during the opening ceremony of a six-day medical mission stop by the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oct. 16, 2019. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at a temporary medical treatment site, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos/Released)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Oct. 15, 2019) Sailors assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) and volunteer translators register patients at a temporary medical treatment site in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oct. 15, 2019. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at a temporary medical treatment site, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos/Released)
SANTO DOMINGO (Oct. 14, 2019) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is anchored off the coast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as it prepares for a six-day medical mission, Oct. 14, 2019. 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, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)
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Comfort Arrives in Dominican Republic to Provide Medical Assistance

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (NNS) — The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oct. 14, for its tenth medical mission stop in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Read more on Navy.mil

USNS Comfort in BASSETERRE, Saint Kitts and Nevis

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BASSETERRE, Saint Kitts And Nevis (Oct. 10, 2019) Wendy Phipps, minister of state responsible for Health, delivers remarks during the closing ceremony for the hospital ship USNS Comfort’s (T-AH 20) medical mission in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, Oct. 10, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Ray Nuñez Jr./Released)
BASSETERRE, Saint Kitts And Nevis (Oct. 10, 2019) Sailors assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), and St. Kitts and Nevis coast guard divers participate in a dive exercise off the coast of St. Kitts and Nevis, Oct. 10, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brendan Fitzgerald/Released)
BASSETERRE, Saint Kitts And Nevis (Oct. 10, 2019) Sailors assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, attached to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), give children a tour of an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, Oct. 10, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)
BASSETERRE, Saint Kitts and Nevis (Oct. 8, 2019)U.S. Navy Capt. Michael Sullivan, a doctor assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), gives six-month old twins a general checkup at a temporary medical treatment site in Heldens, St. Kitts and Nevis, Oct. 8, 2019. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos)
BASSETERRE, Saint Kitts and Nevis (Oct. 8, 2019) U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Eric McCarty, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), teaches a boy how to help his mother stretch at a temporary medical treatment site in Heldens, St. Kitts and Nevis, Oct. 8, 2019. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos/Released)
BASSETERRE, Saint Kitts And Nevis (Oct. 8, 2019) U.S. Public Health Service Cmdr. Nathan Mork, a dentist assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), shows a young girl her sister’s teeth during an exam at a temporary medical treatment site in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, Oct. 8, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)
BASSETERRE, Saint Kitts And Nevis (Oct. 7, 2019) Musician 3rd Class Fransisco Ortiz and Musician 2nd Class Adam Smolonsky, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), perform for high school students in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, Oct. 7, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Ray Nuñez Jr./Released)
BASSETERRE, Saint Kitts And Nevis (Oct. 6, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ashton Kang, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), plays with a boy during a community relations event in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, Oct. 6, 2019. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos/Released)
BASSETERRE, St. Ktts and Nevis (Oct. 3, 2019) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is anchored off the coast of Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis as it prepares for a six-day medical mission, Oct. 3, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)
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Comfort Arrives in St. Kitts and Nevis to Provide Medical Assistance (Oct. 3, 2019)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts and Nevis (NNS) — The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, for its ninth medical mission stop in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, Oct. 3. Read more on Navy.mil

USNS Comfort in Saint Lucia

USNS Comfort Completes Medical Mission in Saint Lucia (Oct. 2, 2019)

The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) completed a six-day medical mission in Saint Lucia. 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 healthcare systems, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy illustrated graphic by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Nuñez)

Saint Lucian woman mother of five speaks about her experience aboard USNS Comfort (Oct. 2, 2019)

Comfort Arrives in Saint Lucia to Provide Medical Assistance (Sept. 23, 2019)

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia (NNS) — The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Castries, Saint Lucia, for its eighth medical mission stop in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, Sept. 23. Read more on Navy.mil

USNS Comfort in Grenada

Comfort’s Health Team Provides Care to Thousands in Grenada (Sept 23, 2019)

Comfort Begins Medical Services in Grenada

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (NNS) — Senior leadership from the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) alongside partner and host nation representatives attended an opening ceremony to mark the beginning of the ship’s seventh medical mission stop in St. George’s, Grenada, Sept. 15. Read more on Navy.mil

USNS Comfort in Trinidad and Tobago

Comfort Departs Trinidad and Tobago

LA BREA, Trinidad and Tobago (NNS) — The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Trinidad and Tobago Sept. 11, following a six-day medical mission. Read more on Navy.mil

USNS Comfort Completes Mission in Trinidad & Tabago

Providing Comfort: Lending a Hand to Fix an Arm


Comfort Begins Medical Services in Trinidad and Tobago Following Opening Ceremony

LA BREA, Trinidad and Tobago (NNS) — Senior leadership from the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) alongside partner and host nation representatives attended an opening ceremony to mark the beginning of the ship’s sixth medical mission stop in Trinidad and Tobago, Sept. 5. Read more on Navy.mil

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POINT FORTIN, Trinidad And Tobago (Sept. 9, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Indigo Duenas, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), teaches a Trinbagonian woman exercises to improve her range of motion at a temporary medical treatment site in Point Fortin, Trinidad, Sept. 9, 2019. 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)
CEDROS, Trinidad And Tobago (Sept. 9, 2019) Hospitalman Miles Peterson, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), escorts a Trinbagonian woman at a temporary medical treatment site in Cedros, Trinidad, Sept. 9, 2019. 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)
CEDROS, Trinidad And Tobago (Sept. 9, 2019) Mexican navy Lt. Marcela Perez, a pediatrician assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), examines a Trinbagonian boy’s throat at a temporary medical treatment site in Cedros, Trinidad, Sept. 9, 2019. 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)
POINT FORTIN, Trinidad And Tobago (Sept. 9, 2019) Musician 3rd Class Elizabeth Wetzel, attached to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), entertains a crowd as they wait to be seen by medical staff at a temporary medical treatment site in Point Fortin, Trinidad, Sept. 9, 2019. 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)
POINT FORTIN, Trinidad And Tobago (Sept. 8, 2019) Patients wait to be seen by medical staff from the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) at a temporary medical treatment site in Point Fortin, Trinidad, Sept. 8, 2019. 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)
POINT FORTIN, Trinidad And Tobago (Sept. 8, 2019) U.S. Navy medical personnel assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) take the vital signs of a Trinbagonian girl at a temporary medical treatment site in Point Fortin, Trinidad, Sept. 8, 2019. 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)
POINT FORTIN, Trinidad And Tobago (Sept. 8, 2019) Hospitalman Alex Vo and Hospitalman Ben Bloomstrand, both assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), take vital signs of a Trinbagonian girl at a temporary medical treatment site in Point Fortin, Trinidad, Sept. 8, 2019. 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)
CEDROS, Trinidad and Tobago (Sept. 7, 2019) Capt. Gabriel Lee, a pediatrician assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), performs a checkup on an infant Venezuelan migrant at a temporary medical treatment site in La Brea, Trinidad, Sept. 7, 2019. 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)
CEDROS, Trinidad and Tobago (Sept. 7, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Eng-Kulawy, a pediatrician assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), applies fluoride to a small boy’s teeth at a temporary medical treatment site in La Brea, Trinidad, Sept. 7, 2019. 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)
CEDROS, Trinidad and Tobago (Sept. 7, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Michael Chajon, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), checks vital signs of an infant Venezuelan migrant at a temporary medical treatment site in La Brea, Trinidad, Sept. 7, 2019. 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)
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USNS Comfort in SANTA MARTA, Colombia

Hat-Trick Surgery Aboard U.S. Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort

Venezuelan Migrant Receives Improved Treatment Aboard USNS Comfort

Comfort Arrives in Colombia to Provide Medical Assistance

SANTA MARTA, Colombia (NNS) — The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Colombia for its fifth medical mission in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, Aug. 18.

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SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 25, 2019) U.S. Navy Capt. Patrick Amersbach, commanding officer, Medical Treatment Facility, aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), left, and U.S. Navy Capt. Brian Diebold, commander, task force 49, right, gives President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, center, a tour of the Comfort and its medical capabilities while anchored off the coast of Santa Marta, Colombia, Aug. 25, 2019. 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 25, 2019) President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, greets a child in the intensive care unit during a tour of the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), while anchored off the coast of Santa Marta, Colombia, Aug. 25, 2019. 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 25, 2019) Ana Cristina Calza, a translator from the National University of Sabana, helps a child learn strength building exercises for her legs at a temporary medical treatment site in Santa Marta, Colombia, Aug. 25, 2019. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 25, 2019) U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar receives honors during a visit to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) while anchored off the coast of Santa Marta, Colombia, Aug. 25, 2019. 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 24, 2019) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Matt Braaten, assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, attached to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), jumps from an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during a rescue swimmer subject matter expert exchange with the Colombian army in Santa Marta, Colombia, Aug. 24, 2019. 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 24, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Martin Casarez, a physical therapist assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), demonstrates how to use a walker to a patient experiencing lower back pain when using a cane at a temporary medical treatment site in Santa Marta, Colombia, Aug. 24, 2019. 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 23, 2019) U.S. Navy Cmdr. Chris Abbott, an optometrist assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), performs an eye exam on a young boy at a temporary medical treatment site in Santa Marta, Colombia, Aug. 23, 2019. 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 23, 2019) U.S. Navy Hospitalman Anthony Serpico, left, and Royal Canadian army Maj. Roch Messier, both attached to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), extract 16 teeth from a diabetic patient at a temporary medical treatment site in Santa Marta, Colombia, Aug. 23, 2019. 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 23, 2019) U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Amanda Toledo, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), returns a baby after escorting her mother to the waiting area at a temporary medical treatment site in Santa Marta, Colombia, Aug. 23, 2019. 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 23, 2019) U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Harmon, a pediatric neurologist assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), listens to the breathing of a 19-year-old man suffering from a traumatic brain injury at a temporary medical treatment site in Santa Marta, Colombia, Aug. 23, 2019. 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 23, 2019) A Colombian army helicopter flies alongside the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) off the coast of Santa Marta, Colombia during a formation flight with the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, Aug. 23, 2019. 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 21, 2019) Medical staff assigned to hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) examine a patient’s eyes at a temporary medical treatment site. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America and Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relive pressure on national medical systems stained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S Army photo by Spc. Dedrick Johnson)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 21, 2019) Capt. Jennifer Munhofen, an Army veterinarian assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), speaks to Colombian military dog handlers during a veterinary first-aid subject matter expert exchange. 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 21, 2019) Spc. Mario Alicea, right, an animal care specialist from Lakeland, Fla., assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), speaks to Colombian military dog handlers during a veterinary first-aid subject matter expert exchange. 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 21, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Gwendolyn Mulholland from Owensboro, Ky., a Navy nurse assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH20), discusses her nursery experience during a subject matter expert exchange with Colombian nurses at the University Hospital Julio Mendez Barreneche. Comfort is working for health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care aboard 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)
PANAMA CITY, Panama (Aug. 11, 2019) Members of the Fleet Forces Band embarked aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) perform at a local park. 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 20, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Ali Lintag, from Lincoln Park, NJ., 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 19, 2019) Lt. j.g. Laura A. Dormans, a Navy nurse, takes a shot at the goal as female service members assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) participate in a soccer game with women from the Colombian army. 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)
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 19, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Devon Foster, a Navy chaplain assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), hands out t-shirts to Colombian army soccer players before they participate in soccer games with U.S. service members. 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)
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USNS Comfort in COLON, Panama

USNS Comfort Wraps up Mission in Colon, Panama

USNS Comfort Providing Helping HANDS in Colon, Panama

U.S. Navy Doctor performs invasive surgery on 4-year-old boy aboard USNS Comfort

Comfort Starts Providing Medical Assistance in Panama Following Opening Ceremony

COLON, Panama (NNS) — Host nation government officials, partner nation representatives and senior leadership from the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) attended an opening ceremony to mark the beginning of the ship’s medical mission in Colon, Panama Aug. 7. href=”https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=110517″>Read more on Navy.mil

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COLON, Panama (Aug. 12, 2019) Sierra Stout, a physical therapist from Global Outreach Doctors supporting the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), examines a young girl with cerebral palsy 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)
COLON, Panama (Aug. 12, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ashton Kang, from Imlay City, Mich., assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), assists veterinarians at a mobile spay and neuter clinic. 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)
COLON, Panama (Aug. 12, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Karen Zeman, from New York, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), examines 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)
PANAMA CITY, Panama (Aug. 11, 2019) Members of the Fleet Forces Band embarked aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) perform at a local park. 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)
COLON, Panama (Aug. 11, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Julia Sugitan, a Navy dentist assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), massages anesthetic into a patient’s gums 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 Seaman Jordan R. Bair)

COLÓN, Panama (Aug. 10, 2019) Cmdr. Christopher Abbott, a Navy optometrist assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), fits a patient for glasses 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 Maria G. Llanos/Released)
COLON, Panama (Aug. 10, 2019) Cmdr. Hamma Diallo, a Navy doctor assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), speaks 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 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos/Released)
COLÓN, Panama (Aug. 10, 2019) Musician 3rd Class Elizabeth Wetzel, from Phoenix, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), performs a song during a concert at a local Panamanian mall. 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)
COLON, Panama (Aug. 10, 2019) Chief Hospital Corpsman Benjamin Morehouse, from Oklahoma City, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), educates children at a temporary medical treatment site about animals that can carry rabies. 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)
COLON, Panama (Aug. 10, 2019) A U.S. Navy dentist embarked aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) extracts a patient’s tooth 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 Maria G. Llanos/Released)
COLÓN, Panama (Aug. 10, 2019) Ens. Deonte Pressley, from Washington D.C., assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), returns a patient’s salute 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 Maria G. Llanos/Released)
COLON, Panama (Aug. 9, 2019) Musician 3rd Class Elizabeth Wetzel, from Phoenix, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), sings to children during a volunteer event at a Panamanian women’s shelter. 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)
COLON, Panama (Aug. 9, 2019) Capt. Alexandrea Clark, an Army dentist assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), entertains a young girl during a dental visit 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)
COLON, Panama (Aug. 9, 2019) Spc. Mario Alicea, left, and Capt. Jennifer Munhofen, an Army veterinarian assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), perform a spay surgery on a dog at a mobile veterinary clinic. 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)
COLÓN, Panama (Aug. 8, 2019) Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo, speaks with a patient at a temporary medical treatment site set up 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/Released)
COLON, Panama (Aug. 5, 2019) A tugboat assists the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) moor to the pier. 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 (Aug. 4, 2019) Sailors assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) man the rails 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. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brendan Fitzgerald/Released)
PANAMA CANAL (Aug. 4, 2019) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) passes through Miraflores lock while transiting 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)
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USNS Comfort in PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica

Comfort Begins Medical Services in Costa Rica Following Opening Ceremony

PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (NNS) — Senior leadership from the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) alongside host, U.S. diplomatic and partner nation representatives attended an opening ceremony to mark the beginning of the ship’s medical mission stop in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, July 23.

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One Patients Opinion about USNS Comfort’s Deployment: “Priceless”

PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (July 27, 2019) A patient reflects on her experience aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) after receiving cataract surgery. 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 video by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos)

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PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (July 27, 2019) Lt. Travis Coffey, a Navy chaplain assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), distributes Catholic prayer beads to patients 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)
PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (July 26, 2019) Lt. jg. Rhoneli Merilos, right, from Panorama, Calif., embarked aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), applies a protective paste to a child’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 2nd Class Julio Martinez Martinez)
PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (July 26, 2019) Adm. Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, poses for a photo during a tour of a temporary medical treatment site. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) 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)
PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (July 25, 2019) Musician 3rd Class Elizabeth Wetzel, from Phoenix, Ariz., assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), dances with children during a performance at a local school. 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)
PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (July 25, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Michelle McCormick, a Navy doctor assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), checks a patient’s vital signs during a pediatric exam 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)
PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (July 24, 2019) Hospitalman Lorena Algeria, from San Sebastion, Salvador, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), checks a child’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 2nd Class Julio Martinez Martinez/Released)
PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (July 23, 2019) Lt. Genevieve Barrett, left, a Navy nurse, and Hospitalman Apprentice Jennifer Fekos, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), weigh 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 Kryzentia Richards/Released)
PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (July 23, 2019) A patient takes a photo of her children and a Sailor assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) 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)
PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (July 23, 2019) Lt. j.g. Christianne Villanueva, a Navy nurse, assigned to hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), helps paint a community pool 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 3rd Class Brendan Fitzgerald)
PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (July 23, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Jaime Wong-Lopez from Sacramento, Calif., assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) examines a patient 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 Maria G. Llanos)
PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (July 23, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Jamie Fitch, a Navy doctor, performs a laparoscopic surgery aboard 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 Jordan R. Bair)
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USNS Comfort Departs Peru Next Stop, Costa Rica

USNS Comfort in CALLAO, Peru

Medical Team Aboard USNS Comfort Perform Cleft Palette Surgery (July 22, 2019)

 

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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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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Mexican Army Dentist Expresses Her Hope for USNS Comfort Mission (July 23, 2019)

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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USNS Comfort was on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America in 2018 as well.

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