USNS Comfort to Join Continuing Promise 2015

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is set to deploy from Norfolk, Virginia, this week to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15) from April through October 2015.

During CP-15’s mission, USNS Comfort will visit Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Dominica, the Dominican Republic , El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Panama.

CP-15 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored, and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO)/ U.S. 4th Fleet (FOURTHFLT) conducted deployment, focused on civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assistance, subject matter expert exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support, and disaster response to partner nations.

USNS Comfort, a Military Sealift Command (MSC) operated ship, will carry more than 1000 U.S. Navy, partner nation and non-governmental agency (NGO) personnel to each country. This year’s mission includes more than 50 NGOs, a marked increase in global participation compared to previous years’ missions.

CP-15 participants will work alongside local government officials and medical professionals from the host nation to meet the day-to-day needs of communities and assist in natural disaster responsiveness.

USNS Comfort’s shipboard hospital, the Military Treatment Facility (MTF), is configured with specialized medical equipment and staffed by a multi-specialty medical team of uniformed and civilian health care providers to offer a range of services ashore as well as on board the ship.

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