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Secretary of Navy Tours Hospital Ship During Humanitarian Mission

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Story Number: NNS070630-03
Release Date: 6/30/2007 1:31:00 PM


By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jeff Hall, USNS Comfort Public Affairs

BAY OF AMATIQUE, Guatemala (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter visited with service members aboard Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) while anchored in the Bay of Amatique, June 27, to show the Navy’s support for the ongoing humanitarian mission.

Winter toured Comfort’s casualty receiving area, operating rooms, intensive care unit, dental facilities and the biomedical equipment lab. His visit also included lunch with the crew and several discussions with different departments around the ship.

“I want to tell the Navy how proud we all ought to be of the work that is being done here,” said Winter. “The impact the Comfort is having, not only on the communities down here, but also on the whole world, is tremendous. People are looking to see what our Navy, and our nation, is capable of doing.”

Comfort is on a four-month, 120-day humanitarian assistance deployment to the Latin America and the Caribbean. Comfort is owned by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command and operated and navigated by 68 civil service mariners employed by MSC. During the deployment, Comfort is under the operation control of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, and tactical control of Destroyer Squadron 24.

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