BZ to the Dutch Onboard USNS COMFORT

The first team of Dutch personnel pictured above departed COMFORT on 14 May.

The Netherlands is one of the many partner nations of Continuing Promise ’09 and have committed to have a team of medical personnel onboard USNS COMFORT for the entire duration of the 4-month, 7-nation humanitarian deployment to the Caribbean and Latin America. They plan on doing so by dispatching 3 teams of personnel that will serve onboard COMFORT for approximately 6-7 weeks at a time.

According to CDR. Tom Donahue, MC, USN and COMFORT’s Director of Surgery, the Dutch handled “more cases as a group than any other service. They thought us a lot. I know we learned alot.”

They were onboard COMFORT for the first three stops of CP 09 which were Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Antigua & Barbuda. During this time, they performed approximately 23% of all the surgeries onboard COMFORT. Moreover, they worked so well together as a team that everyone thought they had all worked together for years in the Netherlands. In reality, they had all first met as a group at the airport. 

BZ to the Netherlands for sending such a fine team to USNS COMFORT!




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  • http://www.militaryairships.blogspot.com campbell

    A heartfelt thank you to all Netherlands personnel who have served with Continuing Promise!

  • Fouled Anchor

    Another success story. The Dutch still have a role in the Caribbean; glad to see them on this mission.

  • http://www.jimdolbow.blogspot.com Jim Dolbow

    I think the Dutch will have a presence in future Continuing Promise Missions long past 2009.

  • Fouled Anchor

    Do you have info on more of these missions? Is this going to be an annual thing?

  • http://www.jimdolbow.blogspot.com Jim Dolbow

    Fouled Anchor,

    I believe Continuing Promise is going to be an annual event. Last year they used two Amphibs which they will probably do again next year and the Comfort will be back in 2011.

  • Fouled Anchor

    Cool. If I hear anything, I’ll let you know. Maybe you should head to the PAC for some Pacific Partnership next…or APS.

    Yeah, I know, vacation days are in short supply…

  • http://www.jimdolbow.blogspot.com Jim Dolbow

    I looked into APS earlier this year but the air fare was like $2000+

    I want to go onboard Mercy next year for Pacific PArtnership

    Stay tuned. I have not yet to begun to travel

  • Fouled Anchor

    Enjoy!

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