Comfort Arrives in Manta for First Medical Mission

June 27, 2019 – USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Manta, Ecuador for the first mission stop of the 2019 deployment, June 26. While in Manta, U.S. service members and medical professionals will work alongside partner and host nation medical professionals to provide much-needed medical assistance in communities with urgent health care needs, including local populations and vulnerable Venezuelans who have fled to other countries in the region. “We are absolutely thrilled and eager to begin our work here in the beautiful port of Manta,” said Capt. Brian J. Diebold,…

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USNS Comfort Departs Norfolk for Medical Mission

June 14, 2019 – USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Norfolk, June 14, to begin her deployment to South America, Central America and the Caribbean. During its deployment, Comfort will provide medical assistance in support of regional partners and in response to the regional impacts of the Venezuela political and economic crisis. “We are embarking on a five-month deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility to embark on a humanitarian assistance mission,” said Capt. B.J. Diebold, Comfort’s mission commander. “Our mission will consist of multinational personnel from across our…

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Hospital Ship to Depart Norfolk for Medical Mission

June 10, 2019 – USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) deploys from Naval Station Norfolk on Friday, June 14 at 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During its five-month deployment, Comfort will provide medical assistance in support of regional partners and in response to the regional impacts of the Venezuela political and economic crisis. While deployed, Comfort will conduct mission stops in Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago. U.S. military medical personnel aboard the Comfort will work alongside a…

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USNS Comfort Mission Stops Announced

May 24, 2019 – U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will return for another deployment to South America, Central America, and the Caribbean mid-June to begin a five-month medical assistance mission as a result of the humanitarian crisis created by the ongoing political and economic instability in Venezuela. Comfort medical teams will pull in to Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago for working port visits. “This deployment responds directly to the man-made crisis Maduro’s…

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USNS Comfort Returns to Norfolk After Completing Mission in South, Central America

December 19, 2018 – U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) pulled into Naval Station Norfolk, Dec. 18, after completing her deployment to South and Central America in support of Enduring Promise. Comfort’s return to Norfolk signifies the conclusion of an 11-week medical support mission to the region as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. “The men and women on USNS Comfort, representing the best of the United States Navy and our nation, treated over 26,000 patients and conducted approximately 600 surgeries aboard the ship and at…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 7, 2018

General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut, is awarded a $346,500,311 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-16-C-2111 for fiscal 2019 lead yard support and development studies and design efforts for Virginia class submarines. This lead yard support will maintain, update, and support the Virginia class design and related drawings and data for each Virginia class Submarine, including technology insertion, throughout its construction and post shakedown availability period. The contractor will also provide all engineering and related lead yard support necessary for direct maintenance and support of Virginia class ship specifications.…

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Colombian Navy Welcomes USNS Ship “COMFORT” in the Urabá Antioqueño

November 15, 2018 (Google Translation) – In the framework of international cooperation and the strengthening of humanitarian missions in the region, the hospital ship USNS COMFORT “Durable Promise” reaches the waters of the Colombian Caribbean. This naval unit belonging to the Fourth Fleet of the United States will remain in the municipality of Turbo, Antioquia, to provide medical attention, from tomorrow 16 until November 20. The interagency effort between the Colombian Government and the Embassy of the United States is part of the strategy of regional cooperation among the Americas.…

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USNS Comfort Reaches Mid-Deployment in Panama

November 14, 2018 – Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T- AH 20) transited the Panama Canal, Nov. 11, following a two-day port visit in Panama City. Comfort is headed north to Turbo, Colombia, for the third of its five mission stops. Having completed mission stops in Esmeraldas, Ecuador and Paita, Peru, the crew has already treated 10,224 patients with general medical, dental and optometry needs as part of the U.S. Southern Command’s 2018 Enduring Promise initiative. “Comfort’s visit to Panama City was multi-purposed,” said Command Senior Chief Cory Anglin, senior enlisted…

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USNS Comfort Departs for Medical Assistance Mission in South and Central America

October 15, 2018 – U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, Oct. 10, on an 11-week medical assistance mission to South and Central America where personnel will work 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. “This mission marks the sixth time the hospital ship will provide…

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USNS Comfort to Support Humanitarian Mission in Latin America

August 22, 2018 – USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will deploy to Central America and South America in late September to begin a two-month humanitarian mission with stops in Colombia and the region. During the deployment, military medical personnel will work alongside our partners to provide needed medical assistance, according to the needs defined by each stop. The USNS Comfort support in Colombia was requested by the Colombian government to relieve the pressure of increased population flows from Venezuela on their national health system. “This mission is a symbol of what…

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Pacific Partnership mission kicks off in Micronesia

Pacific Partnership 2018, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness mission, kicked off aboard the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia, March 21. Military personnel from the U.S., United Kingdom, Japan and Australia will conduct medical, dental and veterinary services and engineering projects throughout the community while working side-by-side with local professionals on HA/DR readiness. “We are excited to be working with our friends in Yap and throughout the greater southern region during Brunswick’s first visit,” said Capt.…

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USNS Comfort Completes Hurricane Relief Mission in Puerto Rico

Military Sealift Command’s hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) returned to Naval Station Norfolk after providing life-saving medical care to the people of Puerto Rico. Comfort departed Virginia Sept. 29, and had been in Puerto Rico for almost two months providing disaster relief support after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. “The ship’s namesake Comfort was absolutely appropriate for what the crew was able to do, because we weren’t just there to provide medical treatment, we were there for the comfort to the patient’s families,” said Capt. Kevin Robinson, the Comfort’s…

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USNS Comfort Responds to Second Hospital Generator Failure in Puerto Rico

USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), underway near the coast of the Arecibo-Manati region of Puerto Rico, received four critical patients from Hospital Menonita in Caguas, Puerto Rico, after its generator failed, Oct. 6. “We are a mobile platform that can respond to the greatest area of need or act as a strut to help the Puerto Rican health system,” said Capt. Kevin Buckley, commanding officer of the medical treatment facility onboard Comfort. “We are engaged and determined to relieve human suffering.” The hospital ship was able to respond by coordinating with…

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USNS Comfort Underway to Provide Aid from the Sea in Puerto Rico

USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) got underway Oct. 5, to provide aid from the sea in Puerto Rico after completing a planning phase in San Juan with local and federal stakeholders to synchronize efforts to provide humanitarian assistance. “We have laid out a plan for Comfort to operate in the areas that have the most immediate direct need to relieve pressure on local and regional hospitals as directed by the Puerto Rican Department of Health and U.S. Health and Human Services,” said Capt. Kevin Robinson, mission commander onboard Comfort. Additional mission…

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USNS Comfort Responds to Hospital-Generator Failure in Puerto Rico

USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, received five critical patients around 8 p.m. Oct. 4, from Ryder Memorial Hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico, after its generator failed. The possibility of hospitals in Puerto Rico failing due to running on emergency generators for extended lengths of time had been planned for by Comfort, the Federal Emergency Management System (FEMA) and other Federal and local agencies.  Patients were medevaced by the Sea Knights of Navy Helicopter Sea Squadron (HSC) 22 and Army Blackhawks. “Working with the Army and the…

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