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USNS Comfort (T-AH-20)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Oscar - Mike
NCOM
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Op Uphold Democracy-Haiti) - Southwest Asia Service Medal
Third War - Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal (Bosnia) - Humanitarian Service Medal
Fourth Row - US Public Health Service Unit Citation - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Chief of Naval Operations Letter of Commendation


Mercy Class Hospital Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 May 1975, as SS Rose City a Maritime Commission type (T8-S-100b) tanker hull, under Maritime Administration contract (MA hull 301) at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
  • Launched and Delivered, 1 February 1976
  • Converted to a Hospital Ship at National Steel and Shipbuilding, at San Diego, CA
  • Placed in service as USNS Comfort (T-AH-20), 1 February 1987
  • USNS Comfort is one of two Hospital Ships and is part of the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force, maintained in Reduced Operational Status (ROS-5) at a lay berth at Naval Station Norfolk, VA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 69,360 t.(fl)
    Length 894'
    Beam 105' 6"
    Speed 17.5 kts.
    Complement
    MSC 63 civilian mariners
    Naval Hospital Staff 956
    Naval Support Staff 258
    Patient capacity 1000 beds
    Propulsion
    two boilers
    two General Electric turbines
    one shaft, 24,500hp (18.3MS)

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    Comfort 97k Ex-SS Rose City in drydock during conversion to the hospital USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) at National Steel and Shipbuilding, at San Diego, CA.
    National Steel and Shipbuilding photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1986.
    US Navy Hospital Ships Web Site
    Comfort 89k Ex-Rose City in drydock during conversion to the hospital USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) at National Steel and Shipbuilding, at San Diego, CA.
    National Steel and Shipbuilding photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1986.
    US Navy Hospital Ships web site
    Comfort 40k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) under way during sea trials, 27 October 1987, near San Diego, CA.
    US Navy photo
    US Navy Hospital Ships web site
    Comfort 174k Port quarter view of USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) underway during sea trials, 27 October 1987, near San Diego, CA.
    Photo by National Steel and Shipbuilding, Defense Imagery photo # DN-SC-88-02201. BUMED photo # 14-0060-002.
    Robert Hurst
    Comfort 137k Starboard quarter view of USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) underway during sea trials, 27 October 1987, near San Diego, CA.
    Photo by National Steel and Shipbuilding, Defense Imagery photo # DN-SC-88-02199. BUMED photo # 14-0060-001.
    Robert Hurst
    Comfort 112k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    All Hands Magazine
    Comfort 84k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1990.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Comfort 252k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November by PH1(AC) Scott. M. Allen USN.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Comfort 41k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) refueling from USNS Laramie (T-AO-203), date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    All Hands Magazine Web Site
    Comfort 1880k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) leaves Baltimore harbor in route to Earle, N.J., where she will embark Navy medical personnel before setting sail for New York City. Comfort has a crew of more than 750 Navy and civilian medical and support personnel. She also contains 12 fully-equipped operating rooms, a 1,000-bed hospital facility, radiological services, a medical laboratory, a pharmacy, an optometry lab, a CAT scan and two oxygen-producing plants. The ship also has a helicopter deck capable of landing large military helicopters, as well as side ports to take on patients at sea.
    US Navy photo # 010912-N-4868G-001 Baltimore, Md. (Sept. 12, 2001) by PHC Philomena Gorenflo.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 203k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) entering New York harbor, 14 September 2001.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret. and
    Robert Hurst
    Comfort 2225k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) docks pierside in Manhattan. The ship deployed to New York to render assistance following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
    US Navy photo # 010917-N-7479T-501 New York, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2001) by PHC Eric J. Tilford.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 263k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) pulls out of New York Harbor, where it has been anchored since the beginning of the recovery operations, 1 October 2001. Photo by Michael Rieger/ FEMA News Photo. Robert Hurst
    Comfort 145k A FEMA worker waves a final good bye to USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) as she pulls out of New York City, 1 October 2001. Photo by Andrea Booher/ FEMA News Photo Robert Hurst
    Comfort 653k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) pierside at her first port-of-call at Naval Station Rota, following her transit across the Atlantic from her homeport of Baltimore, MD. Comfort is making a logistics stop, taking on supplies and fuel on her way east in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and possible war with Iraq.US Navy photo # 030117-N-5996C-001 Rota, Spain (Jan. 17, 2003) by PH2 Timothy Comerford. Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 498k The guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) escorts USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) into the Mediterranean Sea. The two ships are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.US Navy photo # 030119-N-0000X-001 The Strait of Gibraltar (Jan. 19, 2003). Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 49k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) underway, enroute to Souda Bay, Crete.
    US Navy photo # 2-030117-N-5996G-002
    Bernard A. Cardali
    Comfort 59k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) entering the harbor at Souda Bay, Crete during her transit to the eastern Mediterranean.
    US Navy photo # 2-030122-N-0780F-002
    Bernard A. Cardali
    Comfort 603k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) capable of providing medical treatment for a 1000 patients, sits at anchor in the Arabian Gulf. Comfort is currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
    US Navy photo # 030309-N-6077T-014 The Arabian Gulf (Mar. 9, 2003) by PH1 Kevin H. Tierney.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 345k Family and friends greet USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) as the ship returns to her homeport of Baltimore, MD., after a 5˝-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The ship departed on 6 January 2003.
    US Navy photo # 030612-N-4820R-001 Baltimore, Md. (June. 12, 2003) by AZ1 John E. Reynolds.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 1693k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) pulls into Naval Station Mayport, FL., to take on supplies on her way to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Navy's involvement in the Hurricane Katrina humanitarian assistance operations is led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Department of Defense.
    US Navy photo # 050905-N-7781D-027 Mayport, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2005) by PH2 Andrea Decanini.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 2240k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) pulls into Naval Station Mayport, FL., to take on supplies on her way to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Navy's involvement in the Hurricane Katrina humanitarian assistance operations is led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Department of Defense.
    US Navy photo # 050905-N-6343E-001 Mayport, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2005) by PH3 Ian S. Elias.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 2075k Line handlers await the arrival of USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) as she prepares to moor at Naval Station Mayport, to take on supplies on her way to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.
    US Navy photo # 050905-N-8090G-001 Mayport, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2005) by PHAN Nicholas A. Garratt.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 2986k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) pulls into Naval Station Mayport, to take on supplies on her way to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.
    US Navy photo # 050905-N-1550W-001 Mayport, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2005) by PH2 Elizabeth Williams.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 889k Line handlers tie up USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) to a pier at Naval Station Mayport, to take on supplies on her way to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.
    US Navy photo # 050905-N-1550W-007 Mayport, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2005) by PH2 Elizabeth Williams.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 898k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) moors at the Port of Pascagoula. Comfort will provide medical assistance to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the region.
    US Navy photo # 050909-N-6436W-013 Pascagoula, Miss. (Sept. 9, 2005) by PH2 Michael B. Watkins.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 2185k Line handlers have secured USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) to a pier in the Port of Pascagoula. Comfort will provide medical assistance to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the region.
    US Navy photo # 050909-N-6436W-030 Pascagoula, Miss. (Sept. 9, 2005) by PH2 Michael B. Watkins.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 973k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) enters the mouth of the Mississippi River as she prepares to pull into New Orleans. Comfort is sailing to New Orleans at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services and Louisiana government officials to act as an emergency trauma center as residents begin to repopulate the crescent city.
    US Navy photo # 050928-N-0780W-001 Mississippi River (Sept. 28, 2005) by JOSN Heather Weaver.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 65k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) prepares to pull into port at Naval Support Activity (NSA) East Bank, New Orleans. Comfort will serve as an emergency trauma center as the citizens begin to repopulate the city of New Orleans. The Navy’s involvement in the Hurricane Katrina humanitarian assistance operations are led by the Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Department of Defense.
    US Navy photo # 050928-N-2653P-077 by JO1 James Pinsky.
    Jack Treutle
    Comfort 175k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) tied up pierside at New Orleans, 6 October 2005, providing critical medical care to those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Doctors from Louisiana State University are working side-by-side with military personnel to deliver aid to the injured and sick transported to this floating medical facility.
    Photo by Win Henderson from the FEMA Photo Library.
    Robert Hurst
    Comfort 249k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) steams toward her first port of call at Naval Station Rota, Spain, 26 April 2002, following her transit across the Atlantic from her home port of Baltimore, MD. Comfort is making a logistics stop, taking on supplies and fuel on her way east in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and possible war with Iraq.
    US Navy photo # 030117-N-5996C-002 by PH2 Timothy Comerford.
    Robert Hurst
    Comfort 325k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) makes her way to Naval Station Norfolk. Comfort will remain in port through mid-June, loading personnel and supplies, in preparation for a humanitarian assistance deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean where she will provide medical treatment to approximately 85,000 patients in more than a dozen countries. Comfort medical professionals will also provide training and exchange medical knowledge with their host nation counterparts.
    US Navy photo # 070531-N-8704K-075 NORFOLK, Va. (May 31, 2007) by MC2 Joshua Karsten.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 284k A tug pushes USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) to the pier at Naval Station Norfolk. Comfort will remain in port through mid-June, loading personnel and supplies, in preparation for a humanitarian assistance deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean where she will provide medical treatment to approximately 85,000 patients in more than a dozen countries. Comfort medical professionals will also provide training and exchange medical knowledge with their host nation counterparts.
    US Navy photo # 070531-N-8704K-116 NORFOLK, Va. (May 31, 2007) by MC2 Joshua Karsten.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 64k Line handlers stand by to cast off the mooring lines as USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) gets underway to take part in a multi-month humanitarian assistance deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. During the deployment, Comfort expects to provide medical treatment to approximately 85,000 patients in more than a dozen countries.
    US Navy photo # 070615-N-8933S-109 NORFOLK, Va. (June 15, 2007) by MC3 Robert J. Stratchko.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 465k Family and friends wave goodbye as USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) gets underway to take part in a multi-month humanitarian assistance deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. During the deployment, Comfort expects to provide medical treatment to approximately 85,000 patients in more than a dozen countries.
    US Navy photo # 070615-N-8933S-127 NORFOLK, Va. (June 15, 2007) by MC3 Robert J. Stratchko.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 399k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) steams off the coast of Virginia shortly after getting underway from Naval Station Norfolk to commence a multi-month humanitarian assistance deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean.
    US Navy photo # 070615-N-6278K-211 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 15, 2007) by MC2 Joan Kretschmer.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 132k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) underway off the coast of Virginia shortly after departing Naval Station Norfolk to start a multi-month humanitarian assistance deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean.
    US Navy photo # 070615-N-6278K-231 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 15, 2007) by MC2 Joan Kretschmer.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 371k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) anchored off the coast of Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, 30 June 2007, during a scheduled stop on a four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean to provide medical treatment to patients in a dozen countries. While deployed, Comfort is under the operational control of Commander US Naval Forces Southern Command and tactical control of Destroyer Squadron 24 (DESRON-24).
    US Navy photo # 070630-N-8704K-088 CARIBBEAN SEA (June 30, 2007) by MC2 Joshua Karsten.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 442k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) prepares to pull into Acajutla, El Salvador, for a scheduled port call. Comfort is on a four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean to provide medical treatment to patients in a dozen countries.
    US Navy photo # 070725-N-8704K-023 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2007) by MC2 Joshua Karsten..
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 337k Comfort (T-AH 20) arriving at Acajutla, El Salvador, 25 July 2007, as tugboats come alongside to assist her into her berth. USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on a four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean to provide medical treatment to patients in a dozen countries.
    US Navy photo # 070725-N-8704K-235 ACAJUTLA, El Salvador (July 25, 2007) by MC2 Joshua Karsten.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 395k El Salvador navy sailors stand at parade rest as USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) pulls into Acajutla, El Salvador. Comfort is on a four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean to provide medical treatment to patients in a dozen countries.
    US Navy photo # 070725-N-8704K-122 ACAJUTLA, El Salvador (July 25, 2007) by MC2 Joshua Karsten..
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 487k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) moored in Acajutla, El Salvador, during a scheduled port call.. Comfort is on a four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean to provide medical treatment to patients in a dozen countries.
    US Navy photo # 070730-N-8704K-053 ACAJUTLA, El Salvador (July 30, 2007) by MC2 Joshua Karsten..
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 456k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) moored pierside at Acajutla, El Salvador, 8 August 2007, during a scheduled port visit. Comfort is on a four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean providing medical treatment to patients in a dozen countries.
    US Navy photo # 070730-N-8704K-092 ACAJUTLA, El Salvador (Aug. 8, 2007) by MC2 Joshua Karsten.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 276k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) at anchor off Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, 2 September 2007. Comfort is on a four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean providing medical treatment to patients in a dozen countries.
    US Navy photo # 070902-N-8704K-019 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Sept. 2, 2007) by MC2 Joshua Karsten.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 329k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) anchored off the coast of Port-au-Prince. Comfort is on a four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean providing medical treatment to patients in a dozen countries.
    US Navy photo # 070905-N-0194K-183 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Sept. 5, 2007) by MC2 Joshua Karsten.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 407k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is assisted away from the pier by tugboats as she pulls out of port at Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tabago, 22 September 2007. Comfort completed approximately one week of medical aid in Trinidad and Tobago. as part of her four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean.
    US Navy photo # 070922-N-0194K-262 PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago (Sept. 22, 2007) by MC2 Steven King.
    Douglas Brown
    Comfort 425k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) at anchor several miles off the coast of Georgetown, Guyana, 26 September 2007. Comfort is on a four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean providing medical treatment to patients in a dozen countries.
    US Navy photo # 070926-N-7088A-016 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 26, 2007) by MC2 Elizabeth R. Allen.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 287k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) anchored off the coast of Suriname. Comfort is on a four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean providing medical treatment to patients in a dozen countries.
    US Navy photo # 071003-N-4238B-162 PARAMARIBO, Suriname (Oct. 3, 2007) by MC3 Kelly Barnes.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 695k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk after a four-month humanitarian deployment to 12 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. While docked in Norfolk, approximately 500 crew members will disembark to return to their home units and parent commands, leaving most of the permanently assigned personnel and MSC civil service mariners who will travel to the ship's berth in Baltimore later in the week.
    US Navy photo # 071015-N-6278K-284 NORFOLK, Va. (Oct. 15, 2007) by MC2 Joan E. Kretschmer.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 332k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrives pierside at Norfolk Naval Station, 15 October 2007, after completing a four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean providing medical treatment in 12 countries.
    US Navy photo # 071015-N-1713L-061 NORFOLK, Va. (Oct. 15, 2007) by MC2 Lolita M. Lewis.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 410k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrives pierside at Norfolk Naval Station, 15 October 2007, after completing a four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean providing medical treatment in 12 countries. While docked in Norfolk, approximately 500 crew members disembarked to return to their home units and parent commands, leaving most of the permanently assigned personnel and MSC civil service mariners, who will sail the ship up the Chesapeake Bay to her berth in Baltimore later in the week.
    US Navy photo # 071015-N-6278K-482 NORFOLK, Va. (Oct. 15, 2007) by MC2 Joan E. Kretschmer.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 458k Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) ADM. Gary Roughead congratulates crew members aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) upon completion of their deployment, 12 October 2007. ADM. Roughead presented the crew with a Meritorious Unit Commendation. Comfort completed its four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean providing medical care to patients in a dozen countries.
    US Navy photo # 071012-N-0194K-105 ATLANTIC (Oct. 12, 2007) by MC2 Steven King.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Comfort 108k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) moored in her berth at Baltimore, MD., 17 May 2008. Photo by Larry Backus
    Comfort 405k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) ships plaque presented to HM3 Basile Tony Basile
    Comfort 294k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) departs from Naval Station Norfolk for a four-month deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of focus in support of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. Fourth Fleets Continuing Promise 2009 (CP09). Comfort provides the region a mobile, flexible and rapidly responsive afloat medical capability for a number of missions and training opportunities in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
    US Navy photo # 090401-N-9985W-057 NORFOLK (April 1, 2009) by MC3 Tyler J. Wilson.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 175k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) at anchor near Port-au-Prince, Haiti supporting Continuing Promise 2009, a humanitarian and civic assistance mission to Latin America and the Caribbean.
    US Army photo # 090411-A-1786S-088 PORT-AU-PRINCE (April 11, 2009) by Spc. Landon Stephenson.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 832k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) makes her way through the Panama Canal to cross into the Pacific Ocean. Comfort is participating in Continuing Promise 2009, a four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission providing medical and other services in seven countries through Latin America.
    US Navy photo # 090309-N-0000X-001 PANAMA CANAL ZONE (June 3, 2009)
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 784k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) maneuvers off the coast of Haiti. The hospital ship is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage to the island on January 12, 2010.
    US Navy photo # 100120-N-1240O-414 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 20, 2010) by MC3 Erin Olberholtzen
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 1844k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) anchored off the coast of Haiti, while helicopters bring on medical evacuated patients. Comfort is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in Haiti on January 12, 2010.
    US Navy photo # 100120-N-0727M-043 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 20, 2010) by MC1 Troy D. Miller
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 6093k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) anchored off the coast of Haiti, while helicopters bring on medical evacuated patients. Comfort is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in Haiti on January 12, 2010.
    US Air Force photo # 100121-F-3715H-050 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 21, 2010) by Tech. Sgt. Dennis J. Henry Jr.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 1597k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) conducts humanitarian assistance operations near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Comfort is supporting Operation Unified Response following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that caused severe damage in Haiti Jan. 12.
    US Navy photo # 100131-N-1525C-004 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 21, 2010) by MCC J. L. Chirrick.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 1236k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) anchored off the coast of Haiti. Comfort is supporting Operation Unified Response by providing medical support capabilities to civil authorities to help stabilize and improve the situation in Haiti in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the area on January 12, 2010.
    US Navy photo # 100123-N-7508R-092 BAIE DE GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Jan. 23, 2010) by MC2 Julio Rivera.
    Lee Wahler
    Leroy Grumman
    100222-N-6410J-057
    480k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) and USNS Leroy Grumman (T-A0-195) conduct an underway replenishment in the Caribbean Sea. Comfort temporarily left Haiti to re-supply, but will return to continue supporting Operation Unified Response.
    US Navy photo # 100222-N-6410J-057 CARIBBEAN SEA (Feb. 22, 2010) and 100222-N-6410J-027 CARIBBEAN SEA (Feb. 22, 2010) by MC3 Matthew Jackson.
    Lee Wahler
    Leroy Grumman
    100222-N-6410J-027
    952k
    Comfort 345k Civilian mariners aboard USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) offload more than 100 pallets of medical supplies onto US Army landing craft utility LCU-2031. The supplies were donated by several non-governmental organizations and are being transferred for distribution to medical treatment facilities providing after-care treatment to earthquake victims in Haiti.
    US Navy photo # 100225-N-6410J-070 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 25, 2010) by MC3 Matthew Jackson.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 666k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk following a seven-week deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility to provide medical care in Haiti as part of Operation Unified Response. The Comfort surgical team performed more than 800 surgeries. Comfort will return to her homeport in Baltimore after a short port visit in Norfolk.
    US Navy photo # 100313-N-3165S-044 NORFOLK (March 13, 2010) by MC3 Ryan Steinhour.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 1088k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) sails past historic Fort Monroe en route to Naval Station Norfolk. Comfort is picking up personnel, equipment and supplies in preparation for Continuing Promise 2011, a five-month, humanitarian assistance mission to nine countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
    US Navy photo # 110321-N-EP471-280 HAMPTON, Va. (March 21, 2011) by MC1 Kim Williams.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 935k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk to pick up personnel, equipment and supplies for Continuing Promise 2011. Continuing Promise is a five-month humanitarian assistance mission to nine countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
    US Navy photo # 110321-N-EP471-482 NORFOLK (March 21, 2011) by MC1 Kim Williams.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 899k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) en-route to Kingston, Jamaica for a Continuing Promise 2011 port visit.
    US Air Force photo # 110411-F-NJ219-009 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 11, 2011) by SSgt Courtney Richardson.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 676k A launch from USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is underway passing the ship during a Continuing Promise 2011 port visit to Kingston.
    US Navy photo # 110413-N-EP471-283 KINGSTON, Jamaica (April 13, 2011) by MC1 Kim Williams.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 738k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) at anchor in harbor at Kingston, Jamaica, during a Continuing Promise 2011 port Visit.
    US Navy photo # 110413-N-EP471-130 KINGSTON, Jamaica (April 13, 2011) by MC1 Kim Williams.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort
    110430-N-NY820-236
    943k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) anchored off Paita, Peru during a Continuing Promise 2011 port visit.
    US Navy photo # 110430-N-NY820-236 PAITA, Peru (April 30, 2011) and 110430-N-NY820-273 PAITA, Peru (April 30, 2011) by MC2 Eric C. Tretter.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort
    110430-N-NY820-273
    870k
    Comfort
    110511-F-NJ219-131
    834k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) receives JP-5 jet fuel from a Peruvian barge before departing for Ecuador in support of Continuing Promise 2011.
    US Air Force photo # 110511-F-NJ219-131 PAITA, Peru (May 11, 2011) and 110511-F-NJ219-047 PAITA, Peru (May 11, 2011) by Staff Sgt. Courtney Richardson.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort
    110511-F-NJ219-047
    686k
    Comfort 1342k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) anchored off the coast of Tumaco, Colombia during Continuing Promise 2011.
    US Navy photo # 110602-N-RM525-268 TUMACO, Colombia (June 2, 2011) by MC2 Jonathen E. Davis.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort
    110617-N-EP471-465
    850k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) anchored off San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Comfort is on its fifth country stop during Continuing Promise 2011, a five-month humanitarian assistance mission to the Caribbean, Central and South America.
    US Navy photo #'s 110617-N-EP471-465 SAN JUAN DEL SUR, Nicaragua (June 17, 2011) and 110618-N-EP471-301 SAN JUAN DEL SUR, Nicaragua (June 18, 2011) by MC1 Kim Williams.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort
    110618-N-EP471-301
    1047k
    Comfort 756k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) moored in Puerto San Jose, Guatemala, during Continuing Promise 2011.
    US Navy photo # 110630-N-QD416-452 PUERTO QUETZAL, Guatemala (June 30, 2011) by MC1 Brian A. Goyak.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort
    110803-N-EP471-012 PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (Aug. 3, 2011)
    1296k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) moored pierside in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, for Continuing Promise 2011.
    US Navy photo #s 110803-N-EP471-012 PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (Aug. 3, 2011) and 110803-N-EP471-046 PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (Aug. 3, 2011) by MC1 Kim Williams.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort
    110803-N-EP471-046 PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (Aug. 3, 2011)
    1163k
    Comfort 1393k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) moored alongside the cruise ship MV Dawn Princess in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, during Continuing Promise 2011.
    US Navy photo # 110808-N-EP471-613 PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (Aug. 8, 2011) by MC1 Kim Williams.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 795k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) anchored off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti during Continuing Promise 2011.
    US Navy photo # 110820-N-NY820-295 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Aug. 20, 2011) by MC2 Eric C. Tretter.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 518k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk. Comfort deployed as the primary platform for Continuing Promise 2011, a five-month humanitarian assistance mission to nine countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
    US Navy photo # 110902-N-VK779-007 NORFOLK (Sept. 2, 2011) by MC2 Brian Goodwin.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 152k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departs Baltimore for the last time during a permanent layberth relocation to Naval Station Norfolk. Comfort is preparing to deploy as the primary platform for Continuing Promise 2013, a five-month humanitarian assistance mission to eight countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
    US Navy photo # 130226-N-ZZ999-002 BALTIMORE (Feb. 26, 2013) by Jessica Alexander.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 224k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrives pierside at Naval Station Norfolk. Comfort left Baltimore in preparation for her scheduled participation in Continuing Promise 2013, simultaneously shifting her layberth to Naval Station Norfolk.
    US Navy photo # 130301-N-XJ695-025 NORFOLK (March 1, 2013) 130301-N-XJ695-025 NORFOLK (March 1, 2013) by Jessica Alexander.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 273k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) moored pierside at pier 8, Naval Station Norfolk, date unknown. Comfort is loading supplies and medical personnel before leaving on a four month humanitarian deployment to South America and the Caribbean. Across the pier are two MSC Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force Ships.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Comfort 883k USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) lays at anchor 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.
    US Navy photo # 150410-N-DJ347-103 CARIBBEAN SEA (April 10, 2015) by MC1 Gary Johnson.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 241k An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the "Sea Knights" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 22 provides search and rescue support during a search and rescue exercise conducted by USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) during Continuing Promise 2015.
    US Navy photo # 150415-N-KG407-983 CARIBBEAN SEA (April 15, 2015) by MCSN Kameren Guy Hodnett.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 817k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) anchored off the cost of Nicaragua 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.
    US Navy photo # 150524-N-KG407-570 CARIBBEAN SEA (May 24, 2015) by MCSN Kameren Guy Hodnett.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 684k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) moored to a pier in Colon, Panama during the ship's 5th mission stop in support of Continuing Promise 2015
    US Navy photo # 150604-N-PD309-222 COLON, Panama (June 4, 2015) by MC3 Deven Leigh Ellis.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort
    150803-N-HW406-417
    267k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) moored pierside in Roseau, Dominica during Continuing Promise 2015.
    US Navy photo # 150803-N-HW406-417 ROSEAU, Dominica (Aug. 3, 2015) and 150803-N-HW406-138 ROSEAU, Dominica (Aug. 3, 2015) by MCC Larry Baruwa.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort
    150803-N-HW406-138
    347k
    Comfort 215k An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Sea Knights Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 delivers cargo to the flight deck of USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) during a replenishment-at-sea in support of Continuing Promise 2015.
    US Army photo # 150812-A-BK746-357 CARIBBEAN SEA (Aug. 12, 2015) by Spc. Lance Hartung.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 213k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) arrives at Naval Station Mayport Basin at the completion of the six-month Continuing Promise 2015 humanitarian mission.
    US Navy photo # 150923-N-WA189-044 MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2015) by MC2 Adam Henderson.
    Lee Wahler
    Comfort 193k USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) gets underway from Naval Station Norfolk, VA. Comfort went to sea as part of their COMFEX, a battery of training evolutions designed to sharpen the skills of the medical professionals and Civil Service Mariners who crew the vessel.
    US Navy photo # 160217-N-OH262-734 NORFOLK, Va. (Feb. 17, 2016) by Public Affairs Specialist Bill Mesta.
    Lee Wahler

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