NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The USNS Comfort is scheduled to depart from Norfolk for an 11-week medical assistance mission.
The hospital ship will head to South America and Central America to work closely with host-nation health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Honduras.
The purpose of the deployment is to help relieve pressure on host nation medical systems partly due to an increase in migrants crossing their borders and provide care to the appropriate communities.
More than 200 U.S. and partner nation military doctors, nurses, and technicians will be on this mission. In addition, about 60 medical and dental professional volunteers from non-governmental organizations will be on board to support the medical assistance mission.
They will be joined by a smaller team of civil service mariners who will oversee the ship’s operation and navigation.