TUMACO, Colombia (NNS) -- Medical personnel aboard USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) provided emergency treatment to four Colombians injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) south of Tumaco, Colombia, June 7.
Comfort and the Continuing Promise 2011 (CP11) mission team were conducting the CP11 mission stop in Colombia.
The ship's crew treated the injured patients in response to a request for assistance from the Colombian National Police Search and Rescue group through Southern Command's Personnel Recovery Contractor.
The four civilians arrived aboard Comfort via helicopter and were immediately taken to the casualty receiving area.
"Currently, one of the civilians is in critical condition and the three other civilians are in stable condition," said Lt. Eva Chou, a medical surgeon aboard Comfort.
The medical treatment facility aboard Comfort is one of the largest trauma facilities in the United States and offers a full suite of surgical and medical services.
Comfort and its embarked crew are providing humanitarian civic assistance in the area of Tumaco, Colombia, as part of Continuing Promise 2011. CP11 is a five-month humanitarian assistance mission to the Caribbean, Central and South America.
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.
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