U.S. Hospital Ship USNS Comfort arrives in Callao to support Peru in treating thousands of patients

The United States Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived at the port of Callao July 8th on a medical assistance mission to provide medical services and surgeries from July 10-14, within the framework of the institutional cooperation agreement between the United States Navy and the Peruvian Ministry of Defense through the Peruvian Navy and as part of a five-month deployment supporting partner countries in the region.

During the visit, the USNS Comfort medical team expects to perform up to 20 daily surgeries aboard the ship. The USNS Comfort medical team will work in coordination with the Ministry of Defense through the Peruvian Navy, the Ministry of Health, and local governments to provide medical care to hundreds of patients per day in temporary medical centers. The Ministry of Health selected the candidates for surgery and will provide more information on the medical care sites.

The USNS Comfort crew includes U.S. doctors, nurses, and military technicians from other countries in the region, along with doctors and civilian technicians from the United States. They will work side by side with Peruvian doctors and health professionals. The USNS Comfort has modern facilities including operating and post-surgery rooms, a computed tomography (CT) unit, X-ray equipment, a dental office, optometry laboratory, physical therapy area, two oxygen production plants, and a blood bank.

This is the fourth deployment of the USNS Comfort to Peru, and during these deployments it has treated a total of almost 23,000 patients. In 2007, the Comfort visited the port of Salaverry, and in 2011 and 2018 the Comfort visited the port of Paita.