The USNS Comfort, center, conducts an underway replenishment with the USNS William McLean, left, and the USNS Supply in the Atlantic Ocean, Oct. 1, 2017, while en route to Puerto Rico to assist with Hurricane Maria relief efforts. (Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Ernest R. Scott)
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 5, after completing a planning phase with local and federal stakeholders to synchronize efforts for the ship’s mission of providing humanitarian assistance throughout the area.
In addition to identifying the medical needs of Puerto Rico, Comfort treated a total of 66 patients including 10 who were admitted for further care aboard the ship.
“We have laid out a plan for Comfort to operate in the areas that have the most immediate direct need to relieve pressure on local and regional hospitals as directed by the Puerto Rican Department of Health and U.S. Health and Human Services,” said Capt. Kevin Robinson, mission commander onboard Comfort.
Comfort is expected to arrive and provide medical services in the Aricibo-Manati region.
Additional mission assignments are expected to be scheduled based on assessments by Department of Defense, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Puerto Rico’s Office of Emergency Management and will deploy appropriately on a route to help those needing medical services.
There, Comfort hosted a medical summit with local and federal officials, including Gov. Ricardo Rossello, the governor of Puerto Rico, and Dr. Jerome Adams, the Surgeon General of the United States, to coordinate efforts for the ship’s mission to provided help and concentrate humanitarian assistance throughout the area.
Comfort’s primary mission is to provide an afloat, mobile, acute surgical medical facility to the U.S. military that is flexible, capable, and uniquely adaptable to support expeditionary warfare.
Comfort’s secondary mission is to provide full hospital services to support U.S. disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide.
For more information, visit Comfort’s website at www.navy.mil/local/tah20
Elon Musk said Tesla is delaying its electric truck plans to boost battery production to help Puerto Rico restore its power. He said the delay is also intended to fix Model 3 production issues bottlenecking the $35,000 electric cars.
Musk pushed back the launch of the electric carmaker’s semi-truck, which had been set to be unveiled October 26 in California.
In a series of messages on Twitter, Musk said the company could help restore electricity to Puerto Rico – whose power system was decimated by Hurricane Maria – by using solar panels and batteries.
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