The American Forces Press Service reports (Jan. 16, 2010) that the USNS Comfort cast off lines Saturday morning in Baltimore to begin the race to aid the people of Haiti.
The hospital ship is loaded with medical expertise and supplies. Sailors from medical facilities all over the United States have arrived and are planning how to best deliver medical care.
“At this juncture the leadership of USNS Comfort is making every effort to expedite our arrival in Haiti, said Navy Lt. Bashon Mann, the ship’s public affairs officer. “The expected arrival date is Thursday (Jan. 21,) but we are moving as fast as we safely can to hasten the arrival in Haiti to begin delivering patient care.”Getting the Comfort ready was a rush job, to say the least. The Navy notified most of the personnel that they would deploy on Jan. 13. Buses brought the medical staff to the ship yesterday, and sailors searched for their berths, muster stations and workspaces until late in the night.
from the supply ship USNS Peary (T-AK 5) July 16, 2009.
Teams on board Comfort have wrapped up a seven nation,
four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission
to Latin America and the Caribbean
called Continuing Promise 2009.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Stratton)
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