NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Mission stops for the USNS Comfort have been announced to help aid in the Venezuelan crisis.
The Norfolk-based U.S. Navy hospital ship will begin a five-month medical assistance mission to South America as a response to the political and economic turmoil n Venezuela.
The USNS Comfort will be stopping at Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago for port visits.
“Comfort medical teams will be working alongside host nation medical professionals who are absorbing thousands of Venezuelan migrants and refugees,” said U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, which will oversee the deployment.
This is the seventh hospital ship deployment to the region since 2007.
The medical team will help provide care on board and at land-based medical sites in the region most affected by the migrant crossing.
The mission is a reflection on the United States’s promise of friendship, partnership, and solidarity with the Americas.