06 Oct '17, 3pm

USNS Comfort Underway to Provide Aid from the Sea in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (NNS) -- The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) got underway Oct. 5, to provide aid from the sea in Puerto Rico after completing a planning phase in San Juan with local and federal stakeholders to synchronize efforts to provide humanitarian assistance. "We have laid out a plan for Comfort to operate in the areas that have the most immediate direct need to relieve pressure on local and regional hospitals as directed by the Puerto Rican Department of Health and U.S. Health and Human Services," said Capt. Kevin Robinson, mission commander onboard Comfort. Additional mission assignments for the Comfort are expected to be scheduled based on assessments by the Department of Defense, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Puerto Rico's Office of Emergency Management and will deploy appropriately to help those needing medical servi...

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