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Comfort Departs San Juan

PUERTO RICO (Oct. 5, 2017) – The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) sails off the coast of Puerto Rico to provide humanitarian relief. Comfort is currently underway and additional mission assignments are expected to be scheduled based on assessments by the Department of Defense (DoD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Puerto Rico’s Office of Emergency Management and will deploy appropriately on a route to help those needing medical services. The DoD is supporting FEMA, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ernest R. Scott/Released)

Story by Seaman Danny Nunez

Navy Public Affairs Support Element East – (Active)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Oct. 5, 2017) –The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 5, after completing a planning phase with local and federal stakeholders to synchronize efforts for the ship’s mission of providing humanitarian assistance throughout the area.
In addition to identifying the medical needs of Puerto Rico, Comfort treated a total of 66 patients including 10 who were admitted for further care aboard the ship.
“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.
Comfort is currently underway and expected to arrive and provide medical services in the Aricibo-Manati region. Additional mission assignments are expected to be scheduled based on assessments by Department of Defense, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Puerto Rico’s Office of Emergency Management and will deploy appropriately on a route to help those needing medical services.
There, Comfort hosted a medical summit with local and federal officials, including Gov. Ricardo Rossello, the governor of Puerto Rico, and Dr. Jerome Adams, the Surgeon General of the United States, to coordinate efforts for the ship’s mission to provided help and concentrate humanitarian assistance throughout the area.
Comfort’s primary mission is to provide an afloat, mobile, acute surgical medical facility to the U.S. military that is flexible, capable, and uniquely adaptable to support expeditionary warfare. Comfort’s secondary mission is to provide full hospital services to support U.S. disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide.

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