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Coronavirus Response in Pictures: USNS Comfort in New York City

The hospital ship was deployed to help treat non-COVID-19 patients

A red cross on the side of the U S N S Comfort

US Navy Photo / Alamy Stock Photo

The hospital ship USNS Comfort has a ceremonial departure from Norfolk, Virginia.

En español | Since it was converted from a San Clemente-class supertanker into an acute surgical medical facility in 1987, the USNS Comfort, part of the Navy's Military Sealift Command, has provided humanitarian assistance and disaster relief around the world. More than 550,000 people have received care provided by it and its sister ship, USNS Mercy, since 2001. Today, it is providing relief to New York hospitals strained by the number of patients infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

"This will right away be making a difference in this city and we are so, so grateful to the Navy, to the military that this new ship will be arriving in our city,” said New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, ahead of the naval ship's arrival on March 30.

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