Comfort to Deliver "Hope" to Haiti
Hospital ship sets sail Saturday
The hospital ship USNS Comfort will leave Baltimore for earthquake-stricken Haiti at 9 a.m. Saturday, the Navy said.
Military Sealift Command spokeswoman Laura Seal said Thursday the floating hospital is scheduled to stop Monday at the Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville, Fla., for additional supplies.
It should arrive offshore of Haiti Jan. 21 for an open-ended mission.
She said the staff of more than 600 will include 560 medical personnel and 64 civil service mariners.
Capt. James Ware said this is the biggest mission in the history of the nearly 900-foot white ship. He said he aims to bring hope to the people of Haiti.
Published at 7:17 PM EST on Jan 15, 2010
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