Hospital ship arrives in hurrican struck Puerto Rico
Defense Department personnel continued to arrive in Puerto Rico to help the island recover from Hurricane Maria, with roughly 10,000 DoD members working with commonwealth officials across the island. The hospital ship USNS "Comfort" arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 3, 2017, to help support Hurricane Maria aid and relief operations. The ship is sailed by civilian mariners of the Military Sealift Command and staffed by Navy medics from around the United States. The majority of those on the ship come from Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia, but there are sailors from at least 12 different bases aboard as well. The ship joins the amphibious assault ships USS "Kearsarge" and USS "Wasp" and the dock landing ship USS "Oak Hill" in Puerto Rican waters. The sailors and Marines aboard those ships were among the first to lend assistance to the stricken island. Hurricane Maria killed 34 people on the island and estimated the damage at up to $90 billion. Report with photo: https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1334208/hospital-ship-arrives-in-puerto-rico-dod-works-on-commodity-distribution/
Hospital Ship USNS Comfort to Anchor in Haiti at 2015 Mission's End
U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort will anchor off the Haitian coast tomorrow, marking its final Continuing Promise 2015 mission stop with an opening ceremony, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a press briefing today. Since April, the U.S. Southern Command hospital ship has taken a team of U.S. military medical and construction personnel, private-aid organizations and partner-nation officials to 11 Latin American and Caribbean nations, treating more than 100,000 patients and performing community-assistance projects, Cook said. The ship visited Belize, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Panama, according to Defense Department officials. Haiti is the final mission stop, but the ship will also stop at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a two-day port visit, and Naval Station Mayport, Florida, for a one-day visit after it leaves Haiti on its return to homeport, according to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet sources. While in Haiti, sailors from the ship will demonstrate the Continuing Promise 2015 mission and capabilities to its Haitian hosts, and administer medical and dental care to Haitian patients, while surgeries will be performed onboard, officials said.
US hospital ship on week-long humanitarian mission in Jamaica
JAMAICANS are to benefit from medical services offered by the United States Navy hospital ship, Comfort, which docked at the Kingston Container Terminal on Monday, May 4. The medical personnel on board will carry out procedures as well as outreach activities at the National Arena and the Maxfield Park Health Centre, from today until next Wednesday. The ship's visit to Jamaica forms part of its six-month humanitarian mission across the Caribbean region. It is expected that hundreds of Jamaicans will receive medical care during the ship's stay. United States Marine Corporal, Philip Henry, one of three Jamaican-born personnel working on the ship, said that the visit is part of efforts to sustain the partnership between the United States and neighbouring countries.Upload News