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Hospital Ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20)

USNS Comfort, 23 April 2003 — The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) steams through the waters of the Arabian Gulf while deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Comfort is one of two hospital ships operated by Military Sealift Command and is designed to provide emergency on-site care for U.S. combatant forces deployed in war or other operations. USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and Comfort each contain 12 fully-equipped operating rooms, a 1,000 bed hospital facility, digital radiological services, a diagnostic and clinical laboratory, a pharmacy, an optometry lab, a CAT scan and two oxygen producing plants. Both hospital ships are converted San Clemente-class super tankers. Comfort set sail for New York City and provided housing, laundry, food, medical and other services to volunteers and rescue personnel for nearly three weeks in the wake of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in September, 2001. Comfort was activated again in December 2002 and sailed to the Arabian Gulf to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multinational coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein.

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Shane T. McCoy.

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