St. George’s, GRENADA – Senior leadership from the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) alongside partner and host nation representatives attended an opening ceremony to mark the beginning of the ship’s seventh medical mission stop in Grenada, September 15. The purpose of this mission is for U.S. service members and medical professionals to work alongside partner and host nations to provide medical assistance and demonstrating the commitment to strengthen regional medical capacity by providing side-by-side medical assistance with host and partner nations.
“This is certainly a symbol of the strong relationship between the United States and Grenada and in a broader sense the Eastern Caribbean States,” said Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Right Honorable Keith Mitchell. Comfort’s team consists of more than 900 personnel, including medical specialists from the military, from non-governmental organizations volunteers and personnel from partner nations.
“The partnership between our governments reflects our enduring promise to one another for a cooperative, prosperous, and secure hemisphere. It demonstrates that democratic governments respond to the needs of their people,” said Linda S. Taglialatela, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS. This marks the first Comfort visit to Grenada and the seventh to the region since 2007. The embarked medical teams will provide care aboard Comfort and at the two land-based medical sites, the Kirani James Athletic Stadium and the Grenada Trade Center. This mission stop is part of the U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative and reflects the United States’ ongoing commitment to friendship, partnership, and solidarity with partner nations in the Caribbean through the U.S-Caribbean 2020 initiative.