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Military Sea hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) Visits Belize

Monday, April 13th 2015. BMG : A special ceremony for members of the Continuing Promise 2015 Organization was held in Belize City on Friday, April 10th. Thousands of members from 70 non-governmental and international organizations got together to share ideas and provide much needed services for improving the lives of Belizeans. 20801_835881846446871_4706402286834151778_n

Continuing the Promise is a collaborative effort between the United States, partner nations and non-governmental and support organizations who conduct civil-military operations, including humanitarian and civic assistance, veterinary, medical, dental and civil engineering support. The Organization provides support and is a committed working partner to Central, South America and the Caribbean.

During the ceremony, Captain Sam Hancock expressed his gratitude to everyone for their warm welcome into Belize. Capt. Hancock added that they are, “excited to meet, interact and provide […} their services to the people of Belize while working alongside our Belizean counterparts.”
Belize is Comfort’s first stop in its six-month humanitarian and civic assistance missions. Hancock said he hopes the work done over the nine day visit will serve to strengthen the enduring partnership between the United States and Belize.

Deputy Commander, U.S. Southern Command, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Tovo, also remarked “It is worth noting that this is the second time that USNS Comfort will kick off their tour of the region with a first stop in Belize – highlighting the significance we place on our bilateral relationship.”

Also present at that ceremony was U.S. Ambassador to Belize, Carlos R. Moreno, who thanked the host nation’s Ministry of Health for its efforts in credentialing the more than 200 doctors and nurses. The team has provided preliminary screenings to 110 surgical candidates.11112575_835099776525078_3256164219571877088_n

Additionally, he thanked the Belize Ministry of National Security for its protection of the many volunteers as well as the Ministry of Education for providing the mission work sites at Hattieville Government School and Independence High School.

This is the seventh CP mission conducted under the guidance of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S.4th Fleet. After departing Belize, the team will make 10 additional stops in, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and other destinations.

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