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ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 26, 2018) – Capt. William Shafley (right), commander, Task Force 49 and Capt. Kevin Buckley, commanding officer, USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) Medical Treatment Facility, present a gift to Ecuadorian Adm. Lenin Sanchez, inspector general of the Ecuadorian navy, after the closing ceremony at one of two medical sites. 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)