US Navy ship in Haiti to seek safe haven

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Posted: Aug 21, 2011 1:55 PM
US Navy ship in Haiti to seek safe haven

An enormous U.S. 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 USNS 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 (272-meter) hospital ship will remain in the area while damage assessments are conducted.

It arrived in Port-au-Prince on Aug. 18 at the close of a five-month goodwill mission to several countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.