The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) deployed from Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 19, 2022. From October through December, the ship successfully completed mission stops in Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti and Honduras.
During these mission stops, Continuing Promise medical teams focused on working alongside partner nation medical personnel to provide care on board and at land-based medical sites to increase medical readiness, strengthen partnerships, and enhance the combined capabilities of the U.S. Navy and partner nations to respond to public health disasters and humanitarian crises.
The Continuing Promise mission included direct medical care and expeditionary veterinary care, conducting training and subject matter expert exchanges on various medical and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief topics, and leading seminars on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS). The mission also fostered goodwill, strengthened existing partnerships with partner nations, and encouraged the establishment of new partnerships among countries, non-government organizations, and international organizations.
About USNS Comfort & Crew
A U.S. Navy hospital ship like USNS Comfort has the capacity to provide afloat, mobile, acute surgical medical facilities to the U.S. military and partners. The number of personnel aboard the ship will vary by date and location, allowing for tailored assistance at each mission stop. Generally, there were approximately 1,000 people involved in the CP 2022 deployment.
Continuing Promise 2022 utilized support from the U.S. National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP) representatives from each mission stop. The SPP mission supports the security cooperation objectives of the United States and the Geographic Combatant Commands by developing enduring relationships with partner countries and carrying out activities to build partner capacity, improve interoperability, and enhance U.S. access and influence while increasing the readiness of U.S. and partner forces to meet emerging challenges.
Medical & Dental Services Provided
The medical and dental capabilities provided during this deployment assisted communities with a wide range of health services including general adult care, pediatric care, dental treatment, and optometry. Additionally, limited surgical procedures were offered in coordination with partner nation personnel.
- Basic medical evaluation and treatment
- Preventive medicine
- Dental screenings and treatment
- Optometry screenings
- Eyewear distribution
- General surgery
- Ophthalmologic surgery
- Public health training
- Additional specialties as required
This marked the hospital ship’s eighth deployment to the region since 2007.
Since 2007, Continuing Promise medical personnel have treated more than 582,000 people, and conducted more than 7,000 surgeries. When combined with all the veterinary services, subject matter expert exchanges, engineering projects, and community relations events, Continuing Promise has positively affected more people in our partner nations than any other U.S. Navy deployment in history.
Read More: 'Legacy of USNS Comfort' by U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command