Tuesday, October 3, 2023

In photos and video: USNS Comfort prepares for deployment to NYC

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) at Naval Station Norfolk is preparing to deploy to New York City in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts.

Navy officials said the ship will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. (Story continues below the gallery)

The USNS Comfort is expected to leave Norfolk in April. According to Military.com, the Comfort is currently undergoing maintenance in Norfolk. (Video below)

USNS Comfort, a converted supertanker, features 1,000 beds, 12 fully equipped operating rooms and up to 1,200 doctors, nurses and medical specialists.

The Navy said Comfort comes with an array of medical equipment and services, including digital radiology, medical and optometry labs, a pharmacy, a CAT scanner and two oxygen-producing plants.

(Video credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua M Tolbert)

John Mangalonzo
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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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