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Esmeraldas - ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 23, 2018) – Members of the surgical services directorate aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) perform gallbladder surgery on a patient. Vice President Mike Pence announced May 7, 2019, that the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort will deploy to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations next month. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin T. Liston/Released)


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