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Hospital Ship USNS Comfort in Latin America: Enduring Promise Medical Assistance Mission

The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will provide medical assistance to Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras October - December 2018, as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. For this mission, U.S. personnel will work alongside partners to provide medical assistance based on the needs identified by each host nation. This marks the hospital ship's sixth deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean since 2007 and reflects the United States' enduring promise of friendship, partnership, and solidarity with the Americas.

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The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is anchored off the coast of Honduras as part of an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative.
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181206-N-LL146-1184 TRUJILLO, Honduras (Dec. 6, 2018) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is anchored off the coast of Honduras as part of an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Scott Bigley)
Senior Chief Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) Scott Chun, from Honolulu, conducts a survey of the Honduran airspace in preparation for vertical replenishment operations from aboard an MH-60S Seahawk, assigned to the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22.
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181206-N-LL146-1486 TRUJILLO, Honduras (Dec. 6, 2018) – Senior Chief Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) Scott Chun, from Honolulu, conducts a survey of the Honduran airspace in preparation for vertical replenishment operations from aboard an MH-60S Seahawk, assigned to the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22. USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Scott Bigley)
he hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is anchored off the coast of Honduras as part of an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative.
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181206-N-LL146-1529 TRUJILLO, Honduras (Dec. 6, 2018) – The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is anchored off the coast of Honduras as part of an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Scott Bigley)
The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is anchored off the coast of Honduras as part of an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative.
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181206-N-LL146-1644 TRUJILLO, Honduras (Dec. 6, 2018) – The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is anchored off the coast of Honduras as part of an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Scott Bigley)
Capt. William Shafley, commanding officer, Task Force 49, delivers remarks during the opening ceremony held at one of two medical sites.
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181207-N-SG189-1062 TRUJILLO, Honduras (Dec. 7, 2018) - Capt. William Shafley, commanding officer, Task Force 49, delivers remarks during the opening ceremony held at one of two medical sites. The opening ceremony marks the beginning of five days of medical treatment in Honduras. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson/Released)
An MH-60S Seahawk, assigned to the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, performs a vertical replenishment aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20).
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181206-A-UH336-1045 TRUJILLO, Honduras (Dec. 6, 2018) An MH-60S Seahawk, assigned to the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, performs a vertical replenishment aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph DeLuco/ Released)
Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Connor McSpadden, from Charlette, N.C., conducts a survey of the Honduran airspace in preparation for vertical replenishment operations from aboard an MH-60S Seahawk, assigned to the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22.
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181206-N-LL146-1174 TRUJILLO, Honduras (Dec. 6, 2018) – Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Connor McSpadden, from Charlette, N.C., conducts a survey of the Honduran airspace in preparation for vertical replenishment operations from aboard an MH-60S Seahawk, assigned to the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22. USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Scott Bigley)
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michelle Sheldrew, from Mundelein, Ill. takes a patient’s blood pressure at one of two medical sites.
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181206-N-BN355-1018 TRUJILLO, Honduras (Dec. 6, 2018) – Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michelle Sheldrew, from Mundelein, Ill. takes a patient’s blood pressure at one of two medical sites. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jailene Casso/Released)
Eric Sulava, from Leechburg, Pa., holds a young patient at one of two medical sites.
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181206-N-BN355-1065 TRUJILLO, Honduras (Dec. 6, 2018) – Lt. Eric Sulava, from Leechburg, Pa., holds a young patient at one of two medical sites. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jailene Casso/Released)
Jauier Andrade, a surgeon from New York City and a member of the Venezuelan American Medical Association, talks to a patient at one of two medical sites.
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181127-A-AY405-1041 RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 27, 2018) " Jauier Andrade, a surgeon from New York City and a member of the Venezuelan American Medical Association, talks to a patient at one of two medical sites. USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command's Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States™ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. CaShaunta Q. Williams/Released)
Ensign Maggie Anater, from Lancaster, Pa., takes a young patient’s vitals at one of two medical sites
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181130-N-SG189-1088 RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 30, 2018) - Ensign Maggie Anater, from Lancaster, Pa., takes a young patient’s vitals at one of two medical sites. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson/Released)
Adm. Craig Faller, commander, U.S. Southern Command, delivers remarks during the closing ceremony at a land-based medical site.
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181130-N-SG189-1153 RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 30, 2018) - Adm. Craig Faller, commander, U.S. Southern Command, delivers remarks during the closing ceremony at a land-based medical site. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson/Released)
Adm. Craig Faller, commander, U.S. Southern Command, and Colombian Gen. Alberto Mejía, general commander, Colombian Military Forces, pose for a photo during the closing ceremony at a land-based medical site.
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181130-N-SG189-1201 RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 30, 2018) - Adm. Craig Faller, commander, U.S. Southern Command, and Colombian Gen. Alberto Mejía, general commander, Colombian Military Forces, pose for a photo during the closing ceremony at a land-based medical site. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson/Released)
Adm. Craig Faller, commander, U.S. Southern Command (Center), and U.S. Navy Capt. William Shafley, commander, Task Force 49, exchange words aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) during his visit to Colombia.
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181130-A-UH336-1013 RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 30, 2018) Adm. Craig Faller, commander, U.S. Southern Command (Center), and U.S. Navy Capt. William Shafley, commander, Task Force 49, exchange words aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) during his visit to Colombia. Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph DeLuco/ Released)
Hospitalman Jerusha Hainsworth, from Lake Havasu, Ariz., measures the height of a young patient at one of two medical sites.
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181130-N-CF105-1055 RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 30, 2018) – Hospitalman Jerusha Hainsworth, from Lake Havasu, Ariz., measures the height of a young patient at one of two medical sites. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pat Morrissey/Released)
RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 28, 2018) – Ensign Abigail Howard, from Rochester, N.Y., checks a patient’s heartrate at one of two medical sites. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative.
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181128-N-GN619-1043 RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 28, 2018) – Ensign Abigail Howard, from Rochester, N.Y., checks a patient’s heartrate at one of two medical sites. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kris R. Lindstrom/Released)
Hospitalman Stacy Rodriguez, from Covina, Calif., performs an eye exam on a patient before fitting him with glasses at one of two medical sites.
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181128-N-NT747-1025 RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 28, 2018) – Hospitalman Stacy Rodriguez, from Covina, Calif., performs an eye exam on a patient before fitting him with glasses at one of two medical sites. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Waldrop/Released)
Walter Naira, a doctor in the Honduran navy, examines a patient for the general medicine department at one of two medical sites.
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181128-N-SG189-1005 RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 28, 2018) - Walter Naira, a doctor in the Honduran navy, examines a patient for the general medicine department at one of two medical sites. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson/Released)
Honduran army Lt. Stephanie Arriaga, from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, conducts a dental exam for a patient at one of two medical sites.
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181128-N-CF105-1005 RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 28, 2018) – Honduran army Lt. Stephanie Arriaga, from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, conducts a dental exam for a patient at one of two medical sites. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pat Morrissey/Released)
Ensign Adelin Guina (left), from Seattle, and Laura Osorio (center-left), a volunteer from the U.S. embassy in Colombia, check the vital signs of a young patient at one of two medical sites.
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181128-N-CF105-1042 RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 28, 2018) – Ensign Adelin Guina (left), from Seattle, and Laura Osorio (center-left), a volunteer from the U.S. embassy in Colombia, check the vital signs of a young patient at one of two medical sites. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pat Morrissey/Released)
Capt. William Shafley (center), commander, Task Force 49, renders a salute during the playing of the National Anthem during the opening ceremony at one of two medical sites.
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RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 26, 2018) Capt. William Shafley (center), commander, Task Force 49, renders a salute during the playing of the National Anthem during the opening ceremony at one of two medical sites. The USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph DeLuco/ Released)
Cmdr. Howard Pryor, from St. Petersburg, Fla., director of surgical services, aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), closes an incision made to repair an umbilical hernia on a patient.
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RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 26, 2018) Cmdr. Howard Pryor, from St. Petersburg, Fla., director of surgical services, aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), closes an incision made to repair an umbilical hernia on a patient. Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jailene Casso/Released)
Cmdr. Ryan Griswold, from Madison, Iowa, examines a patient for health issues at one of two medical sites.
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RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 26, 2018) Cmdr. Ryan Griswold, from Madison, Iowa, examines a patient for health issues at one of two medical sites. The USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph DeLuco/ Released)
RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 26, 2018) – Lt. Cmdr. Charles Sola (center), a dermatologist from Miami, Hospitalman Taylor Hart (left), from Dallas, and Alexandra Cortez, a volunteer from the U.S. embassy in Colombia, conduct a punch biopsy for a patient at one of two medical sites.
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RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 26, 2018) – Lt. Cmdr. Charles Sola (center), a dermatologist from Miami, Hospitalman Taylor Hart (left), from Dallas, and Alexandra Cortez, a volunteer from the U.S. embassy in Colombia, conduct a punch biopsy for a patient at one of two medical sites. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pat Morrissey/Released)
Hospitalman Michelle Tayas-Rivas, a Colombian-American aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort in Colombia.
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RIOHACHA, Colombia (Nov. 25, 2018) – Hospitalman Michelle Tayas-Rivas, a Colombian-American aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), stands in the casualty receiving area for a photo. Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin T. Liston/Released)
Tammy Tangeman, a World Hope International volunteer, embarked aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort.
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 8, 2018) Tammy Tangeman, a World Hope International volunteer, embarked aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), participates in an interview. Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. This is a still frame from video. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jailene Casso/Released)
Medical personnel perform abdominal surgery on a patient to repair a hernia in the operating room aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20).
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TURBO, Colombia (Nov. 16, 2018) – Medical personnel perform abdominal surgery on a patient to repair a hernia in the operating room aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kris R. Lindstrom/Released)
Medical personnel perform abdominal surgery on a patient to repair a hernia in the operating room aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20).
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TURBO, Colombia (Nov. 16, 2018) – Lt. Cmdr. Mark Johnson (right), from Pittsfield, Mass., Cmdr. Howard Pryor (center), from St. Petersburg, Fla., and Hospitalman Dominique Boone, from Chicago, perform abdominal surgery on a patient to repair a hernia in the operating room aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kris R. Lindstrom/Released)
U.S. Navy Capt. Kevin Buckley, commanding officer, Medical Treatment Facility, of the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), dances with a member of a performance troupe following the opening ceremony at a land-based medical site.
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TURBO, Colombia (Nov. 16, 2018) – U.S. Navy Capt. Kevin Buckley, commanding officer, Medical Treatment Facility, of the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), dances with a member of a performance troupe following the opening ceremony at a land-based medical site. The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson/Released)
Royal Navy Medical Services Medical Assistant Chelsea Smith, from Llannilleth, Wales, prepares to draw blood from a patient aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20).
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TURBO, Colombia (Nov. 16, 2018) - Royal Navy Medical Services Medical Assistant Chelsea Smith, from Llannilleth, Wales, prepares to draw blood from a patient aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin Alexondra Lowe/Released)
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Overview

The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Oct. 10 en route to South America and Central America where it will conduct an 11-week medical assistance mission working closely with host-nation health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras. The purpose of the deployment is to help relieve pressure on host nation medical systems partly due to an increase in migrants crossing their borders and provide care to the appropriate communities.

The ship’s crew will include more than 200 U.S. and partner nation military doctors, nurses, and technicians. In addition, about 60 medical and dental professional volunteers from non-governmental organizations will be on board to support the medical assistance mission. They will be joined by a smaller team of civil service mariners who will oversee the ship’s operation and navigation.

During the mission, USNS Comfort will visit Esmeraldas, Ecuador; Peru (port to be determined); Riohacha and Turbo in Colombia; and Puerto Castilla, Honduras.  Specific dates for each port visit will be announced several days prior to the hospital ship’s arrival.

The USNS Comfort mission demonstrates U.S commitment to the Americas and is part of a continuum of support provided by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).  SOUTHCOM-sponsored civic assistance and humanitarian missions are conducted in close cooperation with partner nations in the region as well as with U.S. interagency partners at the U.S. Department of State and USAID. Similar missions include Continuing Promise, New Horizons, Beyond the Horizon, medical readiness training exercises and the Medical Civil Action Program.

About USNS Comfort

A U.S. Navy hospital ship has the capacity to provide afloat, mobile, acute surgical medical facilities to the U.S. military, and is an optimal platform to provide hospital services in support of U.S. humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations worldwide.

Medical & Dental Services Provided

During each visit, Comfort’s medical team expects to treat approximately 750 patients per day at each medical site on shore, and anticipate conducting up to 20 surgeries per day aboard the vessel. Medical service will include:


  • General surgery
  • Ophthalmologic surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Medical evaluation and treatment
  • Preventive medicine
  • Dental screenings and treatment
  • Optometry screenings
  • Eyewear distribution
  • Public health

Background

This mission marks the sixth time the hospital ship will provide medical assistance in the region. Since first deploying to the region on a similar mission more than a decade ago, the hospital ship has visited 18 nations in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. During those missions, military medical professionals worked with host nation and civilian partners to provide medical treatment to nearly 390,000 people, including more than 6,000 surgeries.


Read More: 'Legacy of USNS Comfort' by U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command


 

Watch: Overview of USNS Comfort mission to Latin America 2018 

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