US Navy ends humanitarian mission in Dominica

150728-N-XQ474-052 ROSEAU, Dominica (July 28, 2015) Sailors assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) walk down the pier as they return to Comfort during Continuing Promise 2015. Continuing Promise is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assistance, subject matter expert exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support and disaster response to partner nations and to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Schneider/Released)

The United States Navy’s hospital ship, the USNS Comfort has just ended a two-week humanitarian mission to Dominica.

Thousands of Dominicans benefitted from medical, dental, and veterinary care. Crew from the USNS Comfort also participated in several community relations projects including a soccer match with youth participants of the A Ganar program, painting the Grotto Home for the Homeless in Roseau, as well as hosting a reading, and dental hygiene session at the National Library with children who were attending the summer programme there.

The USNS Comfort is one of US Southern Command’s premier efforts to bring health care, humanitarian assistance, and civic support to communities in Latin America, and the Caribbean on behalf of the people of the United States.

The mission team comprises US military and civilian personnel, partner nation forces, and representatives from non-governmental organisations aboard a US vessel, working together to bring the best possible assistance to its neighbours in the region. Since 2007, these teams have offered medical, dental, and veterinary care to local communities throughout the voyage.

USNS Comfort will dock in Barbados for two days as a liberty call for its 1,000-member crew. While there, some of the crew will participate in a community relations event, painting the Holy Innocence Primary School in St. Thomas.