The USNS comfort (T-AH-20) is the world’s biggest hospital ship and it’s currently heading to the New York harbor where it’s intended to free up hospital beds in the greater new York region .The US Navy’s mammoth floating hospital USNS Comfort was sent to New York after 9/11. The idea is that this ship, which hosts 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms and up to 1,200 doctors, nurses and medical specialists, will be taking on non-coronavirus patients, allowing hospitals to focus on the most critical ones suffering from the virus.
In more recent years, she was used during Hurricane Maria and for the Venezuelan refugee crisis.
The huge vessel boasts one of the largest trauma facilities in the United States, complete with four functioning X-Ray machines, a CAT Scan unit, a full dental suite, optometry lens laboratory, physical therapy center, pharmacy, angiography suite and two oxygen-producing plants. It is not only a floating hospital, it’s a floating hospital that is likely better equipped than the brick and mortar one in your town.
Although the Comfort, and its sister ship that serves as the class’ namesake, the Mercy, are U.S. Navy ships, they come equipped with no offensive capabilities whatsoever, and exist solely to provide care to those in need on a level unrivaled by any other expeditionary organization. The vessel began its life in 1976 as a San-Clemente class oil tanker named the SS Rose City. It was converted and renamed in a ceremony on December 1st of 1987, when it began its new life in support of humanitarian operations the world over.
Check out the video below for a tour: