Return of USNS Comfort rescheduled for Wednesday due to inclement weather

Posted at 11:14 AM, Sep 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-28 13:08:07-04

Norfolk, Va. – The USNS Comfort is scheduled to return to Norfolk on Wednesday, September 30th after completing a six-month deployment in support of Continuing Promise 2015.

The ship was originally scheduled to return Sunday but the homecoming was pushed back due to inclement weather.

During the six-month mission, the Comfort visited Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Panama.

The Comfort is comprised of a crew of 1,000 joint-service members, civil service mariners and non-governmental agency personnel.

The Continuing Promise mission focused on civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assistance, subject matter expert exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support, and disaster response to partner nations.

During the mission, they treated more than 120,000 patients, conducted more than 1,200 surgeries and over 1,200 subject matter exchanges covering medical, veterinary, engineering and environmental health topics, and completed more than 90 engineering and building site projects.

The USNS Comfort’s sister ship, the USNS Mercy, is also scheduled to return to her homeport in San Diego on Sunday. The Mercy is returning from a four-month deployment in support of Pacific Partnership 2015.


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