- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the USNS Comfort will be deployed to New York harbor amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- The USNS Comfort is a 1,000-bed hospital ship that has provided humanitarian relief and been deployed to war zones around the world.
- The ship also has 12 operating rooms, a pharmacy, a medical laboratory, and a CAT scan, to name a few features.
- Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the USNS Comfort — the US Navy’s 1,000-bed hospital ship with decades of providing aid around the world — will be deployed to New York amid the coronavirus pandemic.
There are currently 2,382 confirmed cases in New York State, and the USNS Comfort ship is expected to arrive in April.
“The deployment of the USNS Comfort to New York is an extraordinary but necessary step to help ensure our state has the capacity to handle an influx of patients with COVID-19 and continue our efforts to contain the virus,” Cuomo said in a statement.
New York has 50,000 hospital beds and 3,000 intensive care unit beds, but a “Wuhan-style” outbreak could “overwhelm the city,” former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. The 1,000-bed ship will also have 12 operating rooms, therefore hopefully mitigating New York’s concern over the decreasing number of available hospital beds.
The USNS Comfort has had a long history of being at the forefront of health crises around the world. Keep scrolling to learn about the ship that will soon be seen in New York:
Along with hospital beds and operating rooms, the USNS Comfort has several features that can also be found in hospitals.
The ship was originally a San Clemente-class super oil tanker before it was converted to what is now the USNS Comfort in 1987.
The USNS Comfort has been deployed for a wide range of purposes throughout its life.
For example, in 2010, the USNS Comfort was sent to Haiti following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that ravaged the country.
In 2015, the ship was also deployed for 180 days for “Continuing Promise.”
In 2018, the Comfort was again deployed to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Honduras for “Enduring Promise,” according to the US Department of Defense.
Source: US Department of Defense
The USNS Comfort’s Enduring Promise tour lasted from October 11, 2018, to December 20, 2018, allowing the US to provide medical assistance to each of the nations.
The USNS Comfort then played a role throughout Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm from August 1990 to April 1991.