During CP 11 the Comfort has onboard teams of civilian and military medical personnel, as well as several humanitarian organizations who will provide a variety of help both on the ship and onshore for hundreds of local residents during their time in each country. This is just the first of several stops in its five-month mission of mercy. The ship will also provide services in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Peru.
USNS Comfort is set to offer its services to each of the countries on its list in the form of surgical procedures, neurology procedures, orthopedics, dental, pediatrics, preventative medicine, general medicine and veterinarian care. The mission is meant to train experts in each field to react in the case of a real medical disaster, such as the ship did during the Haiti earthquake a little over a year ago.
Besides medical, the US Navy Seabees will also be onboard to do construction and repair work in the various countries being visited by Comfort during CP11.
The Comfort does Continuing Promise missions in the region every two years, as well as responding for real disasters as ordered. During past missions in the region the ship has helped thousands of people with medical, dental, veterinarian and construction needs.