An opening ceremony was held to celebrate the arrival of hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) and its crew as part of Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15) on April 10.
Belize is Comfort’s first stop on its six-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission.
Deputy Commander, U.S. Southern Command, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Tovo, remarked on the U.S. strong partnership with Belize:
It is worth noting that this is the second time that USNS Comfort will kick off her tour of the region with a first stop in Belize – highlighting the significance we place on our bilateral relationship.
After Belize, the Comfort will make 10 additional scheduled mission stops in Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Panama.
This is the seventh CP mission conducted under the guidance of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S.4th Fleet (USNAVSO/C4F). Comfort served as the hospital ship in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
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