Navy and Marine Corps Medical News. January 22, 2010
BUREAU OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY WASHINGTON DC
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Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort T-AH 20 departed Jan. 16, 2010, to Haiti, where more than 800 military and civilian aid workers aboard the ship will provide relief in response to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation Jan. 12. President Barrack Obama activated the ship, which houses one of the largest trauma facilities in the U.S., Wednesday due to its capability to provide a full spectrum of surgical and medical services. The Navy is capable with this vessel, with the large decks, with the men and women we have and with the aircraft to do a couple of things, said U.S. Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson. Number one, we have the logistical support that is necessary to come and help overcome the true catastrophe that is the earthquake in Haiti number two, is we have the men and women who are trained and have the skill sets who are ready to go and to go into harms way to help someone else, which is what humanitarian assistance and disaster relief is all about.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies