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USNS COMFORT DEPLOYS TO HELP REFUGEES FROM VENEZUELA

October 10th 2018

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS COMFORT will leave Norfolk, Va., on Thursday for a four-month medical assistance mission in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras.

The mission is focused on assisting the flood of Venezuelan refugees fleeing into neighboring countries.

The ship will carry about 200 military doctors, nurses and technicians from the United States and partner nations, along with about 60 medical and dental professionals from international aid groups.

Their combined expertise will give COMFORT the ability to provide general surgery, eye surgery, optometry, dentistry and general medicine and public health services for up to 750 patients per day.

COMFORT is equipped with surgical and post-surgical rooms, a CAT scan unit, four X-ray machines, a dental suite, an optometry lab, a physical therapy area, two oxygen-producing plants and a 5,000-unit blood bank.

The licensed deck officers at the conn of COMFORT and her sister ship USNS MERCY are represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG).