Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort to return Tuesday

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The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 3, 2017. The Comfort will help support Hurricane Maria aid and relief operations. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Christopher Merian)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort is expected to return to Naval Station Norfolk after completing its mission in South and Central America. 

The ship has been gone since October 10, as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Operation Enduring Promise initiative.

“Comfort’s embarked medical team worked with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, providing care both aboard the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partially by an increase in cross-border migrants,” according to a release from the U.S. Navy.

The ship’s crew included more than 465 U.S. and partner nation military doctors, nurses and corpsmen, as well as 90 medical and dental professional volunteers.

Comfort’s medical team has treated over 26,000 patients, providing everything from general surgery to physical therapy. 

This mission marked the sixth time the hospital ship has provided medical assistance in the region.

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