USNS Comfort's Medical Treatment Facility Changes Command

press release
Friday, May 25, 2012
(Left to right) Navy Lt. Harlan Kimball, Comfort chaplain; Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, Military Sealift Command; Navy Capt. David K. Weiss, U.S. Navy Medical Corps; and Navy Capt. Kevin J. Knoop, commanding offer, Medical Treatment Facility, USNS Comfort, participate in Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort's Medical Treatment Facility change of command ceremony May 25 in Baltimore.

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort's Medical Treatment Facility changed leadership May 25 as Navy Capt. Kevin J. Knoop assumed command from Navy Capt. David K. Weiss during a ceremony aboard Comfort at Canton Pier in Baltimore.  

 

Comfort's primary mission is to serve as an afloat, mobile, acute-surgical medical facility to the U.S. military, with a secondary mission of providing hospital services for disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide. Comfort's Medical Treatment Facility, or MTF, is crewed and maintained by medical personnel from the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Knoop comes to Comfort's MTF from III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan, where he served as force surgeon.

 

"I am ecstatic to be taking one of the best jobs in Navy medicine," Knoop said in his ceremony remarks. "It rounds out my valued naval career and I feel prepared to fill the big shoes I'm now wallowing in."

 

Knoop's past tours also include assignments to U.S. Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay; Guantanamo Bay Naval Air Station; Fleet Composite Squadron 10; Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth; the Taqqadum Surgical Shock Trauma Platoon during Operation Iraqi Freedom; and U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan.

 

Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, Military Sealift Command, served as guest speaker for the change of command ceremony and presented Weiss with a Legion of Merit Award for his outstanding performance as commanding officer of Comfort's MTF.

 

"Can you imagine a more noble and fulfilling mission than to be handed the keys to a 1,000 bed, 10-operating room hospital, with a helicopter pad and two helos as well as two waterborne ambulances, staffed by 900 military and civilian healthcare professionals, and told go forth and heal people?" said Buzby to the ceremony's audience of nearly 150 people. "It sends chills up my spine that someone would be able to go do that and that's what Capt. Weiss had the opportunity to do while in this position."

 

After assuming command of Comfort's MTF in July 2010, Weiss led 900 personnel through nine countries in the Caribbean and Latin America in support of Continuing Promise 2011, Comfort's six-month humanitarian and civic assistance deployment to the region. Under Weiss' supervision, more than 68,000 patients were treated and 1,100 medical procedures took place in the shipboard operating room. Weiss will report next to Stuttgart, Germany, where he will serve as command surgeon for U.S. Africa Command.

 

"This has been the most unique and exciting job I've ever had," said Weiss. "Serving aboard Comfort has been the greatest honor of my life so far, so it's with sadness that my tenure comes to an end today. But what remains on this ship as people like me come and go is the good that always comes of this platform."

 

MSC operates approximately 110 non-combatant, civilian mariner-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world, and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.
 

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

London, Brazil Terminals Boost DP World Container Volumes

DP World , one of the world's biggest port operators, said on Thursday that its gross container volumes rose 10.7 percent from a year earlier in the first half of 2014.

Abu Dhabi Ports Shift Far More Breakbulk Cargo

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ABPC) says that general cargo moving through Abu Dhabi’s commercial Ports has increased by 37% this year. ADPC’s commercial ports (Musaffah,

U.S. Naval Academy: New Superintendent

The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) has held a change of command ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland, where Vice Adm. Walter E. "Ted" Carter Jr. relieved Vice Adm. Michael Miller,

Navy

U.S. Naval Academy: New Superintendent

The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) has held a change of command ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland, where Vice Adm. Walter E. "Ted" Carter Jr. relieved Vice Adm. Michael Miller,

Saab Completes Acquisition of TKMS (Kockums)

Defence and security company Saab's acquisition of the Swedish shipyard Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS, formerly Kockums) has now been completed. The acquisition

Bechtel Plant Awarded Nuclear Propulsion Contract Modification

U.S. Department of Defense informs it has awarded a $39,437,949 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2106) for naval nuclear propulsion components.

Maritime Safety

Maritime NZ Oil Spill Response Review: Submissions

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says it invites submissions on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy 2014 (the draft Strategy). The draft Strategy, (available at http://bit.

Jacksonville Dedicates New PORTS® Real-time Data System

Officials from NOAA, the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange, and the Jacksonville Port Authority officially dedicated a new information system today

USCG Galveston Unit Change of Command

A change-of-command ceremony will be held Thursday morning, July 24, to see a Coast Guard lieutenant commander and graduate of Houston's Alief Hastings High School, Lt.

Eye on the Navy

Saab Completes Acquisition of TKMS (Kockums)

Defence and security company Saab's acquisition of the Swedish shipyard Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS, formerly Kockums) has now been completed. The acquisition

VIDEO: HMS Queen Elizabeth Floats Out

A timelapse video of HMS Queen Elizabeth floating out of her dock for the first time is now available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0ZjQz9vEKw. The float out of the 65,

Russia Doubts France Will Cancel Warships Sale

A senior Russian official said on Monday he doubted France would cancel its sale of warships to Russia, despite coming under pressure from other Western leaders

Government Update

Maritime NZ Oil Spill Response Review: Submissions

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says it invites submissions on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy 2014 (the draft Strategy). The draft Strategy, (available at http://bit.

Alaska Welcomes USCG Admiral Papp Arctic Assignment

Alaska Senate Majority informs that it welcomes news that Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., the 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard since May 25, 2010, has been appointed by the U.

Trading Dutch Well Placed to Pursue Russia Sanctions

The seafaring Netherlands prides itself on being a trading nation, reluctant to let politics get in the way of a good deal. But since the downing, allegedly

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1899 sec (5 req/sec)