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The story of the USNS Comfort

The last time it was stationed in New York City was after the 9/11 attacks. This is the story of the USNS Comfort, which just docked in Manhattan to relieve hospitals overrun with COVID-19 patients.

It’s a military hospital ship

It’s a floating medical facility, it can admit up to 1,000 patients, and it was last stationed in New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This is the USNS Comfort.

Built in 1976, the ship was originally an oil supertanker called the SS Rose City

11 years later, the U.S. Navy purchased it to convert it into a hospital ship. Painted white with red crosses, it’s designed to be easily identified, so that its crew is protected against potential attacks. Following the Geneva Convention, it doesn’t carry any weapons and any attack against it is considered a war crime. Over 894 feet long, the equivalent of 3 football fields, the Comfort has 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms and coolers that can hold 5,000 units of blood. The U.S. Navy owns a twin hospital ship: the USNS Mercy.

In 1990, during the first Gulf War, the USNS Comfort sailed on its first mission and was deployed near Kuwait and Saudi Arabia

Three days after 9/11, the ship was stationed in New York City, for injured first responders to be treated there. In 2003, it was again deployed to the Persian Gulf during the U.S. invasion of Iraq. In 2005, it docked near New Orleans to bring relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. In January 2010, the ship sailed to Haiti, with 550 crew members, to bring humanitarian aid to the 250,000 people injured in a massive earthquake. In 2017, even though Donald Trump was initially reluctant deploy it, the ship set sail for Puerto Rico, to provide medical assistance to the island, battered by Hurricane Maria. Yet during its 53-day deployment, it only admitted an average of 6 patients a day. In 2018, the ship sailed on a mission to South America for several weeks, bringing relief to large numbers of Venezuelan migrants.

The Comfort’s NYC arrival

On March 30, 2020, 3 days after the USNS Mercy arrived in Los Angeles, the USNS Comfort docked in Manhattan, to bring relief to the New York area, one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

Brut.

04/01/2020 6:25 PM

20 comments

  • Peter P.
    04/05/2020 02:29

    Rip 🌹🌹🙏

  • Fidel G.
    04/02/2020 13:28

    "Trump told states they were on their own to purchase medical equipment, so that’s what MA tried to do. But then the federal government outbid MA at least 3 times – and reports show two of our orders were seized by federal authorities. This is unacceptable." https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/31/nation/warren-feds-why-did-you-take-massachusettss-medical-supplies

  • Walter B.
    04/02/2020 09:58

    Making America great again, or is he?

  • Paula H.
    04/02/2020 09:23

    I didn't realize that New Yorkers are dying at such a high rate...

  • Sadat M.
    04/01/2020 22:58

    NYC hiring prisoners to dig mass graves they will be paid 6$ for an hour that is a fortune regarding labour laws, as the morgues and cemeteries are over whelmed by body's ! the reason why this ship is here.

  • Ragu R.
    04/01/2020 20:24

    200000 active covid how can 1000 beds can tackle...

  • Tariq R.
    04/01/2020 18:38

    The United States is withdrawing its troops from all over the world behind the cover of the Corona virus - Trump is fooling his nation - America is about to leave Israel alone.

  • Drone I.
    04/01/2020 15:19

    His death was ruled as to not being from Coronavirus.

  • Nna L.
    04/01/2020 12:22

    So sad

  • Sis K.
    04/01/2020 08:13

    👍👍👍👍

  • Rahul G.
    04/01/2020 03:23

    Joban Dhillon

  • Randy N.
    04/01/2020 03:20

    Lawsuit is coming, might be racist to.

  • Greta M.
    04/01/2020 03:16

    I feel so sorry for William and his family and for everyone who is suffering, sending love.

  • Lucita L.
    04/01/2020 01:52

    OH! NOOOOO!!!

  • Becky R.
    04/01/2020 01:06

    Very sad

  • B A.
    04/01/2020 00:55

    Last year 157 minors died from the flu.

  • Brut
    04/01/2020 00:41

    For more details, here’s the Lancaster mayor’s update: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2925741084135736&set=a.123691534340719&type=3&theater

  • Rachel M.
    04/01/2020 00:24

    BECAUSE 👏HE 👏DIDN'T 👏HAVE 👏INSURANCE. THIS MAKES ME SO MAD. PLEASE ELECT SOMEONE WHO WILL IMPLIMENT NATIONAL MEDICAL CARE. This poor baby didn't need to die. Ffs I can't

  • Tim L.
    04/01/2020 00:23

    I wonder if he wasn't Asian will he have gotten a better treatment.

  • Zuhura V.
    04/01/2020 00:16

    Mnh

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