USNS Comfort Arrives in Peru to Provide Medical Assistance

Story Number: NNS190708-06Release Date: 7/8/2019 12:35:00 PM
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From Navy Support Element East Public Affairs

CALLAO, Peru (NNS) -- Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Callao, Peru, for the second port visit of its 2019 deployment, July 8. 

While in Callao, U.S. service members and medical professionals will work alongside international partner and host nation medical professionals to provide much-needed medical assistance in communities with urgent health care needs, including local populations and vulnerable Venezuelans who have fled to Peru from the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

“The Comfort’s return to the region demonstrates U.S. Southern Command’s commitment to strengthening partnerships, which is the foundation of a stronger, more secure and prosperous neighborhood,” said Adm. Craig S. Faller, Commander U.S. Southern Command. “Our team will work side-by-side with hundreds of doctors, nurses and surgeons throughout the region to build medical readiness, disaster capacity and lasting relationships.” 

Comfort’s team consists of military and civilian personnel from the United States and partner nations, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru, creating a dynamic team capable of delivering a variety of services.

“Our team will work together toward a common goal of alleviating stress placed on the country’s medical systems,” said Capt. Brian J. Diebold, commander, Task Force 49. “We’re committed to increasing partner nation capacity to provide medical assistance and disaster relief.”

This marks the fourth Comfort visit to Peru and the seventh to the region since 2007. The embarked medical teams will provide care on board Comfort and at two land-based medical sites.

This mission stop is part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative and reflects the United States’ ongoing commitment to friendship, partnership, and solidarity with partner nations in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. It is also an invaluable opportunity to learn from other partner nations.

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The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrives at PortMiami ahead of a press event featuring Vice President Mike Pence and Adm. Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command.
190617-N-LU814-244 MIAMI (June 17, 2019) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) was at PortMiami for a press event before departing on its 2019 Enduring Promise deployment to South America, Central America and the Caribbean in support of humanitarian and partner-building efforts. Comfort's return to the region reflects a common commitment to the respect of human rights and stable, secure, and prosperous democracies in the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Leona A. Donaldson/Released)
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