Continuing Promise 2015 Enters Final Planning Stage

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. 4th Fleet Rear Adm. George Ballance spoke at the final planning conference for Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15) aboard Naval Station Norfolk Feb. 5.

Military, non-governmental agency planners and prospective participants in the upcoming CP-15 humanitarian assistance deployment finalized details of the operation during the final planning conference hosted Feb. 3-5 by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet.

The mission of CP-15 is to enable collaboration between U.S. military and government personnel, partner nations and volunteer and non-government organizations.

Comfort’s 2013 Continuing Promise mission was cancelled due to budget limits imposed by sequestration, but Ballance is confident that the current crew is eager to commence CP-15.

This year’s Continuing Promise mission will include hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), a military sealift command ship, for the fourth year.

From early April through September, Continuing Promise will provide medical and dental care, preventive medicine and veterinary consulting, and construction projects in 11 countries. The mission will return to Belize, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Panama.

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