NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The USNS Comfort returned to Naval Station Norfolk Friday after completing a five-month humanitarian and civil assistance mission to 12 nations.
The countries it visited were in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
The crew consisted of 1,000 men and women who provided medical, dental and optometry services in the U.S. Southern Command’s area of operations.
They treated almost 70,000 patients.
“This journey was truly an incredibly amazing experience. I am especially proud of the crew’s professionalism and their keen ability to carry out every aspect of our medical mission with excellent health care services.”Capt. Patrick Amersbach, commanding officer of the Medical Treatment Facility
USNS Comfort left its homeport in June and completed mission stops in Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The crew of the Comfort also volunteered in more than 40 community relations projects, helping with landscaping, painting, distributing donations of school supplies, shoes, and books.
They also spent time with residents at multiple orphanages and elderly homes.
The completion marks Comfort’s seventh humanitarian mission and its second deployment to the region within the last year.
For more on Comfort’s humanitarian mission visit their website.