SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) deployed 12 personnel in support of the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in Haiti Jan. 15.
The staff members are reporting to USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) homeported in Baltimore, Md. The Comfort is scheduled to get underway on Saturday Jan. 16.
Another 43 NMCSD staff members will join the USS Bataan (LHD 5), which is homeported in Norfolk, Va.
NMCSD is sending logistics specialists, doctors, nurses, hospital corpsman and other support staff to augment medical staff already aboard the Navy ships.
"Navy medical assets will be essential to the recovery efforts in Haiti and we are eager to assist where able," said Capt. Joel Roos, deputy commander Naval Medical Center San Diego.
The duration of the deployments are not currently known. Patient care will continue at NMCSD as usual during this time.
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