The Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Comfort pulls into port at the Naval Station September 5, 2005 in Mayport, Florida. The ship was stopping to take on supplies enroute to help in the recovery effort on the U.S. Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Ian S. Elias/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
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.