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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Special Report: Enduring Promise

Your Navy Operating Forward – Gulf of Aden, Caribbean Sea, Philippine Sea

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Right now your Navy is 100 percent on watch around the globe helping to preserve the American way of life. Whether it be operating and training off the coast of Spain or forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf, the flexibility and presence provided by our U.S. naval forces provides national leaders with great options for protecting and maintaining our national security and interests around the world. The imagery below highlights the Navy’s ability to provide those options by operating forward.


CARTAGENA, Colombia: A landing craft utility attached to Beachmaster Unit 2 prepares to land on the beach in Cartagena, Colombia for a humanitarian assistance training exercise during UNITAS 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colbey Livingston/Released)

GULF OF ADEN: The dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (TAK-E 3) transits the Gulf of Aden while conducting a vertical replenishment with the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Freeman)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) transits the Mediterranean Sea, Sept. 3, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)

GULF OF ADEN: The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits the Gulf of Aden during a vertical replenishment while on a scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Freeman/Released)

CARIBBEAN SEA: U.S. Soldiers fast-rope onto the flight deck of the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) during UNITAS 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colbey Livingston/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Sailors remove chocks and chains from an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, assigned to the “Vipers” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM 48), on the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), Sept. 3, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)

GULF OF ADEN: The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits the Gulf of Aden during a vertical replenishment while on a scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Freeman)

SOUDA BAY, Greece: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) arrives in Souda Bay, Greece, Sept. 2, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia: The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) transits the Atlantic Ocean en route to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Yarborough/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA: An AS-332 Super Puma helicopter transports stores during a vertical replenishment between the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) and the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker/Released)

U.S. 7TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS: A Royal Brunei navy boarding team approaches a vessel while participating in a visit, board, search and seizure practical scenario training during Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) 2018. (U.S. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Micah Blechner/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA: An AS-332 Super Puma helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) during a replenishment-at-sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 7, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor King/Releaed)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) fires its 5-inch gun during a gunnery exercise with the Egyptian Naval Force and Hellenic navy while participating in Exercise Bright Star 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)

GULF OF ADEN: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Blackjacks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 offloads supplies from the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (TAK-E 3) while participating in an underway replenishment with the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chandler Harrell)

PHILIPPINE SEA: An MV-22 Osprey, assigned to the “Flying Tigers” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262, approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during flight operations in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 8, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker/Released)

GULF OF ADEN: The Whidbey Island-class amphibious landing dock ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) transits alongside the replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203), during a replenishment-at-sea, while on a scheduled deployment with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Williams-Church/Released)

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