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Pensacola Sailors Return From COVID-19 Efforts in New York

May 13, 2020 | BY MARCUS HENRY

Thirteen of the 18 Naval Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pensacola sailors sent to support the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort's COVID-19 relief efforts in New York returned to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, May 5.

The sailors spent 31 days aboard the Comfort providing relief to New York City's health care system overstressed by the surge of COVID-19 patients.

Sailors wearing civilian clothes and face masks exit from an airplane.
Flight Photo
Sailors assigned to Naval Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pensacola arrive at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., after completing their deployment, May 5, 2020. Naval Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pensacola sent 13 sailors to the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort to support the ship's COVID-19 relief efforts in New York.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Carter Denton
VIRIN: 200505-N-EX228-0003

The Comfort arrived in Hampton Roads Harbor in Norfolk, Virginia, May 2, where the ship was disinfected and the crew was tested for COVID-19.

"I am incredibly proud and honored to serve with these sailors," Navy Capt. David Webster, the commanding officer of Naval Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pensacola, said. "I am appreciative of everything they've done for our service and our nation."

In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, every sailor returning from the ship was tested for COVID-19 and placed on a 14-day restriction of movement. The sailors will be tested for COVID-19 a second time after the completion of the 14-day quarantine.

A man uses a forehead scanner to take another man’s temperature.
Temperature Check
Navy Lt. Eric Krivenski, a medical officer with the Naval Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pensacola, checks Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Raul Orozco’s temperature after Orozco arrived at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., May 5, 2020. Naval Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pensacola sent 13 sailors to the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort to support the ship’s COVID-19 relief efforts in New York.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Carter Denton
VIRIN: 200505-N-EX228-0009

Established in 1826, the Naval Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pensacola's mission is to deliver high-quality health care to ensure a medically ready force and a ready medical force through strategic partnerships and innovation. The command comprises the main hospital and ten branch health clinics across five states.

(Marcus Henry is assigned to Naval Hospital Pensacola.)