Special Report: Enduring Promise

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USNS Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative.

Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team is providing care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas.

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Highlights

USNS Comfort Departs for Medical Assistance Mission in South and Central America

U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, Oct. 10, on an 11-week medical assistance mission to South and Central America where personnel will work closely with host-nation health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras.

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NORFOLK (Oct. 10, 2018) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departs Naval Station Norfolk on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command's Enduring Promise initiative. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel E. Gheesling/Released)
NORFOLK (Oct. 10, 2018) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departs Naval Station Norfolk on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel E. Gheesling/Released)

USNS Comfort Conducts Mass Casualty Training Exercise

Doctors, nurses and other embarked medical personnel aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) conducted a mass casualty training exercise in preparation for visiting medical sites in Central and South America, Oct. 13.

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Preventive Healthcare: Comfort’s Plan Heading into First Stop

Moving closer to providing care in the first country of an 11-week medical mission in support of Enduring Promise 2018, providers and corpsmen aboard hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) are eager to execute a major initiative­ — preventive health care.

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USNS Comfort Transits the Panama Canal

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA (Oct. 17, 2018) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) transits the Panama Canal. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Keith Wilson/Released)

USNS Comfort Begins Medical Site Set-up in Ecuador

A team comprised of more than 900 personnel, embarked aboard USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), commenced their first mission stop as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, Oct. 20.

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ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 20, 2018) Sailors move medical supplies from the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) onto one of two medical sites in preparation for upcoming treatment days. Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Waldrop/Released)
ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 20, 2018) Sailors move medical supplies from the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) onto one of two medical sites in preparation for upcoming treatment days. Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Waldrop/Released)

Ecuadorian Minister of Defense Visits USNS Comfort

As part of its partnership with Ecuador, the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) hosted officials from the government of Ecuador during the ship’s medical assistance visit, Oct. 22.

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ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 22, 2018) Ecuadorian Minister of Defense Oswald Jarrin speaks during the opening ceremony at one of two medical sites. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin T. Liston/Released)
ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 22, 2018) Ecuadorian Minister of Defense Oswald Jarrin speaks during the opening ceremony at one of two medical sites. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin T. Liston/Released)

Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Oct. 22

ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 22, 2018) Sailors and partner-nation personnel check in patients at one of two medical sites during Enduring Promise 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pat Morrissey/Released)
ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 22, 2018) Sailors and partner-nation personnel check in patients at one of two medical sites during Enduring Promise 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pat Morrissey/Released)

Oct. 22

ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 22, 2018) Hospitalman Cayman Buchanan, from Atlanta, helps a patient down the stairs at one of two medical sites. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pat Morrissey/Released)
ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 22, 2018) Hospitalman Cayman Buchanan, from Atlanta, helps a patient down the stairs at one of two medical sites. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pat Morrissey/Released)

Oct. 22

ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 22, 2018) Dr. Carolina Melo, from the White Helmets of Argentina, translates for Lt. True Xiong, a dentist from Spokane, Wash., while conducting a dental procedure at one of two medical sites during Enduring Promise 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pat Morrissey/Released)
ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 22, 2018) Dr. Carolina Melo, from the White Helmets of Argentina, translates for Lt. True Xiong, a dentist from Spokane, Wash., while conducting a dental procedure at one of two medical sites during Enduring Promise 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pat Morrissey/Released)

Oct. 22

ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 22, 2018) Rear Adm. Sean Buck (right), commander of U.S. 4th Fleet, meets members of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health while touring one of the two medical sites in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kris R. Lindstrom/Released)
ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 22, 2018) Rear Adm. Sean Buck (right), commander of U.S. 4th Fleet, meets members of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health while touring one of the two medical sites in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kris R. Lindstrom/Released)

Oct. 22

ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 22, 2018) Lt. Emily Norris, left, and Lt. Cmdr. Mark Johnson perform an umbilical hernia surgery aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson/Released)
ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 22, 2018) Lt. Emily Norris, left, and Lt. Cmdr. Mark Johnson perform an umbilical hernia surgery aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson/Released)

Oct. 22

ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 22, 2018) Dr. Maggie Cardonell, an ophthalmologist with Global First Responder and a professor from the University of Missouri, examines a patient’s eye during pterygium surgery, a corneal growth removal, aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson/Released)
ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 22, 2018) Dr. Maggie Cardonell, an ophthalmologist with Global First Responder and a professor from the University of Missouri, examines a patient’s eye during pterygium surgery, a corneal growth removal, aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson/Released)

Oct. 23

ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 23, 2018) Members of the surgical services directorate aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) perform gallbladder surgery on a patient. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin T. Liston/Released)
ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 23, 2018) Members of the surgical services directorate aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) perform gallbladder surgery on a patient. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin T. Liston/Released)

Oct. 24

ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 24, 2018) Juan Francisco Saerz, right, a medical student from Quito, Ecuador, helps a patient find the correct eye-glasses prescription at one of two medical sites in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, set up by personnel embarked aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson/Released)
ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 24, 2018) Juan Francisco Saerz, right, a medical student from Quito, Ecuador, helps a patient find the correct eye-glasses prescription at one of two medical sites in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, set up by personnel embarked aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson/Released)

Oct. 24

ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 24, 2018) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Brandon Williams, from Brooklyn, N.Y., checks a patient’s eyesight at one of two medical sites in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin T. Liston/Released)
ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 24, 2018) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Brandon Williams, from Brooklyn, N.Y., checks a patient’s eyesight at one of two medical sites in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin T. Liston/Released)

Oct. 24

ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 24, 2018) Capt. Kevin Buckley, commanding officer of the hospital ship USNS Comfort's (T-AH 20) medical treatment facility, poses with a patient for a photo at one of two medical sites in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin Alexondra Lowe/Released)
ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (Oct. 24, 2018) Capt. Kevin Buckley, commanding officer of the hospital ship USNS Comfort’s (T-AH 20) medical treatment facility, poses with a patient for a photo at one of two medical sites in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin Alexondra Lowe/Released)

Oct. 26

USNS Comfort Surgeons Perform a Frontalis Sling Procedure to Save Ecuadorian Child’s Eyesight

Patricia Caicedo, grandmother of Domenica, both from Esmeraldas, Ecuador, speaks about the frontalis sling procedure her granddaughter received aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20).


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