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    Comfort Departs Trinidad and Tobago

    USNS Comfort Provides Medical Support

    Photo By Petty Officer 3rd Class Maria Llanos | Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley speaks during the closing ceremony to...... read more read more



    Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Danny Nunez 

    U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet

    LA BREA, Trinidad and Tobago – The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Trinidad and Tobago following a 6-day medical mission stop, Sept. 11.

    At a closing ceremony, held to commemorate the end of the medical mission in Trinidad and Tobago, senior Trinbagonian and U.S. officials spoke about the importance of the Comfort’s mission in the region.

    “Thank you for choosing Trinidad and Tobago as one of your ports of call on this assignment and for bringing to us relief for the people of Trinidad and Tobago and our guests from Venezuela,” said Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley. “It is not every day that Americans come together, but we’ve demonstrated that we, the people of the Americas, can come together to work for the benefit of all our people.”

    Lt. Gen. Michael Plehn, Deputy Commander, U.S. Southern Command, also shared words during the ceremony.

    “This visit marks the return of Comfort to the Caribbean and the first time Comfort has visited Trinidad and Tobago since 2007,” said Plehn. “This deployment is one of the many ways that United States Southern Command is strengthening our relationship with Trinidad and Tobago. Each engagement is a part of our enduring promise to our region and to our neighbors, an enduring promise to be steadfast and to be a trusted partner.”

    During the Comfort’s mission, medical professionals from the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy, alongside eight partner nations and non-governmental organizations provided care for more than 6,000 patients at two separate shore-based medical sites and performed more than 115 surgeries aboard the ship.

    This marks the second Comfort visit to Trinidad and Tobago and the seventh to the region since 2007. The embarked medical teams will provide care aboard Comfort and at two land-based medical sites.

    This mission stop is part of the 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.

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    Date Taken: 09.11.2019
    Date Posted: 09.13.2019 11:17
    Story ID: 340550
    Location: LA BREA (BRIGHTON), TT 

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