Continuing Promise Mission Suspends Operations in Haiti Due to TS Irene


Story Number: NNS110821-03Release Date: 8/21/2011 12:11:00 PM
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From Continuing Promise 2011 Public Affairs

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (NNS) -- The Continuing Promise 2011 (CP11) mission team, embarked aboard USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), will suspend operations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Aug. 21, in anticipation of severe weather heading toward the area.

Tropical storm Irene is expected to make landfall in the vicinity of Hispaniola between Aug. 22-23.

Comfort and its crew have been directed by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command to depart the area and seek safe haven until the tropical storm has passed. Comfort will remain in the area while damage assessments are conducted.

Haiti is the ninth and final stop of the CP11 deployment, a five-month humanitarian assistance mission providing medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support to the Caribbean Basin and Central and South America.

Since its arrival to Port-au-Prince Aug. 18, Comfort has treated approximately 1,450 patients and performed 15 surgeries.

For more news from U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusns/.

 
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Haitian fishermen look toward the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) during Continuing Promise 2011.
110818-N-NY820-132 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Aug. 18, 2011) Haitian fishermen look toward the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) during Continuing Promise 2011. Continuing Promise is a five-month humanitarian assistance mission to the Caribbean, Central and South America. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric C. Tretter/Released)
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