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Comfort to suspend work off Haiti during storm

Aug. 21, 2011 - 01:57PM   |   Last Updated: Aug. 21, 2011 - 01:57PM  |  
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — An enormous Navy hospital ship will suspend operations off the coast of Haiti's capital in advance of Tropical Storm Irene.

A Sunday statement from the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince said Navy commanders have directed the Baltimore-based crew of the hospital ship Comfort to seek safe haven until the storm has passed.

Irene is forecasted to strengthen into a hurricane by Monday as it nears the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

The 894-foot hospital ship will remain in the area while damage assessments are conducted.

Comfort arrived in Port-au-Prince late last week at the close of a five-month goodwill mission to several countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.

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