Mercy and Comfort….
The Military Sealift Command operates two huge hospital ships for the United States Navy….and on behalf of the people of the United States of America….
….USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), homeported in San Diego, CA and USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), homeported in Norfolk, VA.
The third photo above shows USNS Mercy next to a Nimitz-class supercarrier, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), one the biggest warships in the world. Together with its twin, the USNS Comfort, they are the largest hospital ships on the oceans, the second largest hospitals in the United States, and the fifth largest on the planet.
Their mission is venerable, helping tens of thousands all over the world every year….including earthquake/tsunami relief in Indonesia in 2004/2005….Haiti earthquake aid in 2010….frequent typhoon, cyclone and hurricane assistance, including super-typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013….epidemic support….and general humanitarian assistance wherever it is needed.
Both ships are huge, 894-feet (272-meter) leviathans, displacing 69,360 tons. They each have 1,000 hospital beds, 12 fully equipped operating rooms, radiological services, medical labs, intensive care units, dental services, physical therapy and burn care, pharmacies, optometry labs, CAT scan facilities, and oxygen factories.
The 1,200 crew and staff are primarily U.S. Navy personnel….medical doctors and nurses, medical support staff, administrative staff, rescue teams….
Each ship has a huge flight deck to handle most any type of helicopter for rapid patient/medical team and critical supplies loading and offloading.
These are America’s gifts to the world….and a proud reminder of what America is all about!
Providing Mercy and Comfort worldwide….
A Global Force for Good
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»Photos: U.S. Navy