BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The USNS Comfort is back in Baltimore after leaving in March for a humanitarian mission.
Andrea Fujii tells us about the help they provided to nearly a dozen countries.
On a dark, rainy night, the USNS Comfort approaches its home at the Canton Pier after it helped bring hope to tens of thousands in the Caribbean and Latin America.
“We were able to see about 67,000 patients over nine countries while we were gone over these five months,” said Dave Weiss, Commanding Officer of the USNS Comfort.
The 850-member crew of the naval hospital ship provided medical, dental and even veterinary care.
“The training mission was about giving humanitarian assistance or healthcare services to patients in these countries,” Weiss said.
Including Haiti, where the USNS Comfort helped hundreds after the deadly earthquake in 2010.
“I was there in ’09, I was there for the earthquake, and I went back for this one, and just seeing the amount of help that those people need,” Andrew Johnson, a Hospital Corpsman, said.
Receiving a hero’s welcome home, the 75 local crew members are proud of their mission, but are glad to be back.
This was the ship’s sixth continuing promise mission. The USNS Comfort partnered with 13 other countries for this mission.