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USNS Comfort Arrives in Antigua, Barbuda

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Story Number: NNS090506-04
Release Date: 5/6/2009 1:49:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marcus Suorez

ST JOHNS, Antigua (NNS) -- Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived May 5 in the port of St. Johns, Antigua, for Continuing Promise 2009 (CP09).

The two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is the third stop for Comfort during Continuing Promise 2009, a four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission in Latin America and the Caribbean region.

"Antigua and Barbuda is an excellent opportunity for our crew to work side-by-side our Caribbean neighbors," said Navy Capt. Bob Lineberry, CP09 mission commander.

"We will be working very closely with professionals from this great nation to provide medical care, veterinary care and engineering support to the islands."

Comfort medical staff will treat patients at St. Johns' Multicultural Center, All Saints Hanna Thomas Hospital and Johnsons Point Medical Center.

Veterinarians and preventive medicine physicians will be roving the island to give care where needed.
Navy Seabees aboard Comfort will also be providing various engineering support throughout the city.

"We have had more than 73,000 patient encounters so far during CP09 in Haiti and the Dominican Republic," Lineberry said. "It is our hope to continue seeing as many patients as possible here in Antigua and Barbuda. We also hope to prepare both ourselves and our host nation counterparts in case of future disaster relief."


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