USNS Comfort hospital ship arrives in New York harbor

| March 30, 2020


USNS Comfort

US Navy Mercy Class Hospital Ship USNS Comfort, T-AH-20, is the third United States Navy ship to bear the name Comfort, and the second Mercy-class hospital ship to join the U.S. Navy’s fleet. The USNS prefix identifies Comfort as a non-commissioned ship owned by the U.S. Navy and operationally crewed by civilians from the Military Sealift Command and the Merchant Marine.

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By Greg Norman

The USNS Comfort has arrived at the front lines of the coronavirus fight in the United States. The Navy hospital ship, which contains 1,000 beds, a dozen operating rooms, a medical laboratory, a pharmacy and more, sailed into New York City harbor on Monday after departing from Virginiaover the weekend.

“There she is,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said as the ship docked at Manhattan’s Pier 90.

“If there is ever a time that we need to work together it is today,” he added. “The president is right – this is a war. And what does this nation do when it’s at war? It comes together and it acts as one.”

The White House said the 1,200 “doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, X-ray technicians, orderlies and other medical staff” on board the vessel “will augment and support New York City’s medical community and conserve hospital capacity by treating some non-COVID-19 patients.”

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  1. IS1 (SW) says:

    Cryin’ Chuck Schumer and the Democraps: “Why didn’t Trump send a ship one ton bigger one minute earlier? He’s racist and isn’t doing anything to help! We need 500 more billion dollars for lesbian centipede research!”

  2. How about the 25 million for the Kennedy center when that moola shmoola as Curtis Sliwa used to say could go to R&D and med supplies

  3. JTB says:

    I have a feeling when this is all over…NYC will be found to have committed fraud by over inflating their Corona numbers…

    • Commissar says:

      No. WTF?

      Their numbers seem disproportionate because they are aggressively testing.

      The problem is not New York’s numbers.

      The problem is we have no real understanding of the extent of the spread in areas with insufficient testing…

      This is what happens when people believe their community does not have the virus yet…

      https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-03-29/coronavirus-choir-outbreak

      • Commissar says:

        It also should give you anecdotal insight into how infectious this virus is and why experts are insisting we social distance and self isolate as much as possible.

      • 2banana says:

        Disproportional for identity politics.

        Let’s review NYC and NYS:

        It was never a serious “lockdown:”

        The homeless untouched.

        Illegals untouched.

        Gays festivals untouched.

        Known drug markets untouched.

        Muslims untouched.

        Subways never closed.

        Still an open borders sanctuary city/state.

        A JOKE of a lock down to “bend” the curve.

        Regular people see right through it and are ignoring the power mad mayors and governors.

        • Commissar says:

          You are a waste of time.

          I saw you other asinine conspiracy theories and right wing meme comments you recently posted.

          Sometimes there are so many morons you have to triage and realize some people are so infected by ignorance there is nothing you can do for them.

          Thoughts and prayers 🙏

          • SFC D says:

            I’m willing to bet you’re thinking and praying for a certain deplorable demographic you despise to hurry up and die off in order to increase the effectiveness of your “progressive” masters.

            • Commissar says:

              Well, if it spread through contact with Chinese made MAGA hats I would find it amusing.

              Otherwise, “no”.

              I have been warning you all for years that the biggest national security threat the US faces is a pandemic or epidemic.

              I also warned you all to take it seriously when COVID19 emerged. I told you to stop listening to people who were trying to dismiss or downplay it for political or economic reasons.

              If I actually wanted you dillweeds to die I would not have bothered.

              • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

                You also screamed that the Zika virus would wipe us out!

                • Commissar says:

                  No I didn’t.

                  You need to try to keep the shit you all make up about me in your own addled minds, from the stuff I actually said.

                  I warned that a pandemic or epidemic was a national security threat. I never said Zika would wipe us out. That is not even close to what I said.

                  Though that is not the first time you claimed I did.

                  This site has a search function.

                  Not hard to prove you are full of shit.

              • Poetrooper says:

                “Well, if it spread through contact with Chinese made MAGA hats I would find it amusing.”

                Well it IS being spread through contact with urban liberals which I DO find amusing.

              • Mason says:

                I thought the biggest national security threat was Trump asking Ukraine to look into political corruption and the 2016 election interference?

                Goal posts are moved so much by you guys that it’s hard to know what game we’re even playing any more.

          • Berliner says:

            “I want to say to all those who are preparing the potential of religious services this weekend — if you go to your synagogue, if you go to your church and attempt to hold services after having been told so often not to, our enforcement agents will have no choice but to shut down those services,” de Blasio said.

            As for Mosques… crickets

      • JTB says:

        LOL..You are full of shit per usual…Already reports coming from RN’s hospitals that they are saying people have Corona that don’t..Cuomo has all ready been caught lying about the need for Medical Equipment…Pull your head out…

    • LC says:

      This is the same as when you felt it was a ‘false flag’ and ‘less harmful than the flu’, right?[1] Never mind the fact that President Trump even said he’s hoping we ‘only’ have 100K die from it, because the measures we’re taking as a country are bringing that down from 2.2 million[2].

      What do you think is the actual number of cases? And why is the NYC health department lying?

      [1] : https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=96343#comment-3276882
      [2] : https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-vice-president-pence-members-coronavirus-task-force-press-briefing-14/

      • 2banana says:

        Initial estimates from the smartest dudes in lab coats was 2 million American dead.

        Recently revised to 200,000 dead.

        Only off by 90% for the best and brightest….so far.

        • LC says:

          You… do realize the 2.2M was a number given if no action was taken, and 200K is the now revised number based off fact we took the advice of those smart dudes, right?

          That’s like saying, “Hey, if you don’t change your diet and exercise, you’re going to put on 20 pounds.” And then, after taking that advice, changing your diet, exercising, and as a result gaining only 2 pounds, you say, “Those moron doctors are so stupid – they said I’d gain 20! Only off by 90% for the best and brightest… so far”.

          • 2banana says:

            Kinds like the obama “jobs created and saved” numbers.

            No way to scientifically prove…just feel goodism.

        • Commissar says:

          Did you even bother to read or listen to what he said during those interviews.

          Or did you just decide to run with the first conspiracy theory meme you saw?

          When he was talking about 1 to 2 million dead he was explicitly saying that would be the potential consequences of not taking this seriously and responding appropriately to slow the spread.

          The 100k to 200k figure is AFTER self isolating measures were implemented and people were adopting social distancing and hand washing behaviors.

          • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

            You’re just CRAVING attention today, aren’t you?

          • 2banana says:

            But, yet, countries that DID NONE OF THIS, S Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, etc. had even LOWER infection rates.

            “Jobs created and saved…”

            We had to destroy the economy in order to save it.

            • Commissar says:

              This shit is not over yet.

              And Korea conducted extensive widespread testing right the bat. So they were able to do more targeted containment measures and tactical mitigation efforts.

              The US decided the best way to keep infection numbers down was to not conduct testing.

              So when they realized containment had failed they had no idea how far the spread was.

              We were way bending the infection curve.

              We still are.

              When you are talking about exponential growth and you are way behind identifying the scope of the problem than you have no choice but to do widespread shutdowns to slow the spread until you can get in front of it.

              We still have no gotten in front of this.

              Watch what happens to the numbers in the Midwest, south, and Florida this next two weeks.

              People will wish they had taken more drastic action to slow the spread.

              • Fyrfighter says:

                Here’s an idea sparky, how about ya let people like TOW, me, and others that are actually dealing with this first hand keep you updated, instead of your left wing “sources” that will push any narrative they think can hurt President Trump???
                Yeah, I know, that’d make far too much sense, better to go with bullshit predictions than actual boots on the ground information..

            • Commissar says:

              And our economy was fucked long before the virus.

              Trump was spending trillions to fudge the numbers until after the election.

              It was a con.

              And you fell for it.

              I warned you all, that Trump’s economic success was not real and any shock to the economy would trigger a cascade of failures.

              Even before the Pandemic started more than 70% of economists were predicting a recession this year.

              • Poetrooper says:

                Code Blue! Code Blue! Code Blue!

                We have a Trump Derangement emergency on the TAH ward.

                • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

                  Can I get the white “hug me” jacket?!?!?!?

                  Haven’t done a take down in 30 years… hope there’s enough Naprosyn to help me out after we’re done.

              • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

                *WHOO!*, talk about a really bad case of TARD…

      • JTB says:

        I will stick by what I said…

  4. The Other Whitey says:

    Some numbers from Johns Hopkins, who have a very user-friendly website for this:
    coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

    Official total cases worldwide: 741,030
    Official total deaths worldwide: 35,114
    Official worldwide mortality: 4.73%

    Obviously these figures are dependent on numbers released by China, Iran, etc., which we can safely assume are bullshit. Still, the mortality percentage seems to be holding relatively steady.

    Official total cases in China: 82,198
    Official deaths in China: 3,308
    Official mortality in China: 4.02%

    They are certainly lying their red commie asses off, but we might as well go with this for lack of better information.

    Total cases in Italy: 97,689
    Deaths in Italy: 10,779
    Mortality in Italy: 11.03%

    Sucks to be Italy

    Total cases in Spain: 85,195
    Deaths in Spain: 7,340
    Mortality in Spain: 8.61%

    Total cases in the UK: 19,821
    Deaths in the UK: 1,231
    Mortality in the UK: 6.21%

    Total cases in the USA: 143,532
    Deaths in the USA: 2,572
    Mortality in the USA: 1.79%

    Still holding fairly steady, and doing substantially better overall than many of our European friends.

    Total cases in India: 1,071
    Deaths in India: 29
    Mortality in India: 2.71%

    India being India, I wonder how well they’re actually tracking it among the low-caste/lower class, but we’ll go with it until better info becomes available.

    Total cases in Australia: 4,203
    Deaths in Australia: 17
    Mortality in Australia: .4%

    Total cases in Cambodia: 107
    Deaths in Cambodia: zero

    If you look at the map, the Chinese Bat Flu is substantially less prevalent in the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s currently late summer/early fall. Some sources are saying the bug doesn’t like heat or humidity, so that would make sense.

    • Comm Center Rat says:

      Current mathematical modeling projects 100,000 – 200,000 Americans could die from COVID-19. Personally, I don’t know anyone who tested positive for the coronavirus or who died from COVID-19.

      As a retiree who is anti-consumerist and pro-isolationist, my life hasn’t changed at all during this pandemic.

      I think most of the suffering in America will come not from the disease but from the cure: widespread layoffs\reduced hours\unemployment, depletion of savings and investment accounts, corporate and personal bankruptcy, real estate market collapse, etc.

    • Commissar says:

      2/3 of the global population lives in the northern hemisphere. And Northern Hemisphere nations tend to be more industrialized and thus more likely to be diverting resources to testing and measures to identify the scope of the problem.

      I do think warm weather will slow the spread. It slows most Coronaviruses and the flu. But they are year round viruses with a lower R0 during the warmer seasons.

      So even if we get some time to catch up to this thing, it will come back with a vengeance in the fall.

      The 1918 flu killed far more in 1919 than 1918.

    • Poetrooper says:

      Mortality in China: 4.02%

      Mortality in Italy: 11.03%

      Mortality in Spain: 8.61%

      Mortality in the UK: 6.21%

      Mortality in the USA: 1.79%

      I’m waiting breathlessly for Lars to come back and tell us what a lousy medical system we have in this country compared to his beloved socialized medicine in the other listed countries.

      Guess it pays to be ranked 37th in the world by the thoroughly corrupt World Health Organization as you like to point out frequently, hmm, Lars?

      • Commissar says:

        It is way to early to be drawing conclusions about mortality rates, Poe.

        We have not reached peak infection so most areas have not seen the virus exceed their medical capacity like many on the list above. When total infected exceeds capacity mortality skyrockets.

        And the total infected vs total dead is not useful for determine mortality during the period of exponential increase because the dead figure trails the total infected figure by a week or two.

        A week will more than quadruple the total dead figure.

        Even then we won’t know mortality rates until well after this if all over.

        • Roh-Dog says:

          “A week will more than quadruple the total dead figure.”
          Unfortunately this is closer to right than not. And the rest of it, you’re spot on. Typical and routine services in hospital would become difficult, hence the ship for quarantine services.

          The outcomes to this scenario ain’t political, they’re being made that. In certain aspects tptb went too hard as a reaction to not going hard enough to begin with.

          Again, you guys are putting me in the predicament of siding with him regarding the numbers.

          For most people, most of the time this virus isn’t that bad, but for enough people some of the time it is, hence where we are.

          • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

            Agreed, a 5% mortality rate kills 100k if only 2 million are infected…that’s a really big “if” at the moment as no one in the United States has any clue as to how many people are actually infected and I mean no one has a clue.

            Testing is currently being done on an “as outlined in guidelines” basis…meaning people with mild Corona might not present symptoms bad enough to be tested and thus leave that individual with the false idea they do not have the virus, which then puts them in a position to infect their entire family.

            If this turns into an H1N1 level of infected Americans there will be a million to three million dead from this virus…still less deadly than the Spanish flu but far beyond what any adult alive today has ever seen.

            The biggest mistake being made today is that this virus “isn’t all that bad”…especially by younger people who seem ignorant of the fact that 40% of hospitalizations are younger than 55…

            • Poetrooper says:

              VOV, I believe the FDA’s emergency approval of the chloroquine drugs to treat the virus is going to have a substantial mitigating effect on that mortality rate.

              My optimism is based on reports coming from treatment providers both here and overseas about their impressive successes using the chloroquines concomitantly with zinc and antibiotics.

              We have a weapon to fight with if we can just convince all the obstinate fools who refuse to use it “off label” that it is the correct and humane thing to do. But even if a mulish few still refuse to prescribe it without their precious “studies,” enough will to hold down that fatality rate.

              • The “off label” drug worked in France and has been around for years. Just because it’s off label and works on the virus then use it. I think the experts want to make sure of side effects down the line. I think the antibiotic drug I was given for sibo was off label.

              • Mason says:

                That the aquarium cleaner stuff? Poe, I’m going to buy some and drink it because I’m pretty sure that’s what you’re saying here.

                According to the media, just mentioning chloroquine is basically an order to drink poison.

          • 11B-Mailclerk says:

            Most who get it have little to no symptoms, thus they never get to a doc, nor do they get tested.

            It is vastly less dangerous than those worst case numbers. Folks are grossly exaggerating it to drive panic and stupid over reactions. Or just to fluff their own importance.

            Most folks who get really sick on it would do about the same as flu.

            Most folks don’t get really sick on it, or we would be seeing -massively- more bodies in NYC in the various underserved/homeless communities.

            We don’t see it.

            Not nearly as bad as the scandal-mongers would have you believe.

            This bug has been loose here for months.

            Months.

            No piles of corpses.

            Months.

            Our superb health care and generally healthy folks shrug it off, the same way they shrug off everything else.

            This is going to be another fizzle. A whole bunch of folks will wreck everyone’s lives to make political hay out of it.

            Despicable bullshit.

        • Poetrooper says:

          My, such a tempered response from our normally brash interloper. And while I agree that it’s too early to be making any conclusive pronouncements, I’d say that the numbers above do provide some interesting guidance, perhaps, as to comparative patient survivability based on the nature of provider systems.

          By the way, I don’t believe I’ve heard you protesting the FDA’s emergency approval of the chloroquine drugs. Surely, as you so recently lectured the benighted denizens of TAH, we need more controlled, peer-reviewed, double-blind studies before we do such a silly thing as try to save our citizens’ lives, no?

      • JTB says:

        Sorry I reported this comment by accident…Mortality is not nearly as bad if you extrapolate the numbers…

  5. 2banana says:

    How many conservatives and republicans working on that ship?

    Cuomo told them all to leave his state…

    • 26Limabeans says:

      He only owns to the high water mark….

    • Poetrooper says:

      C’mon 2banana, you know he’ll make a remorseful, televised, public apology.

      Just like any Democrat does when he finds his foot lodged firmly in his mouth following foolish public pronouncements.

      Sure he will…

  6. cc senor says:

    Slightly off topic, thanks for explaining the distinction between USS and USNS. Back when I traveled on troop ships I noticed some were USS and others USNS. Now I know why.

    • Poetrooper says:

      I believe the way to tell the difference visually is that USNS vessels have a yellow stripe around the stack, right Ed?

      • Poetrooper says:

        Correction: Blue and yellow stripes on the stack.

      • Deckie says:

        And red, white and blue stripes on the stacks of grey hulls are vessels of MARAD’s “RRF,” or Ready Reserve Force.

        MARAD retains responsibility for maintenance and readiness of these vessels when activated and operational control shifts to Military Sealift Command. The training ships of the various state Maritime Colleges/Academies fall under this category.

        • Poetrooper says:

          For all us non-squids:

          The United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) is an agency of the United States Department of Transportation.

          MARAD maintains the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) as a ready source of ships for use during national emergencies, and assists the NDRF in fulfilling its role as the nation’s fourth arm of defense, logistically supporting the military when needed.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      Just because I’m a nerd

      USS – United States Ship, commissioned vessel of the Navy
      USNS – United States Naval Ship, noncommissioned vessel of the Naval Reserve Fleet/Military Sealift Command
      USCGC – United States Coast Guard Cutter
      USAV – United States Army Vessel
      UST – United States Transport (obsolete)
      USF – United States Frigate (obsolete)*
      USCGD – United States Coast Guard Destroyer (only used during Prohibition, when the Coast Guard had Clemson-class destroyers to chase down rumrunners)
      USAT – United States Army Transport (obsolete)
      USLHT – United States Lighthouse Tender (obsolete)
      USRC – United States Revenue Cutter (replaced with USCGC when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the Lifesaving Service to form the US Coast Guard)

      * USS Constitution was originally commissioned and went to war as USF Constitution.

      • AW1Ed says:

        Still commissioned to this day.

        • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

          Was one hell of a bad ass in a fight…

          HMS Guerriere
          HMS Java
          HMS Pictou
          HMS Cyane and HMS Levant (took both on in the same fight)

          All five on the losing end of a fight against “Old Ironsides”

          • 5th/77th FA says:

            Hey TOW, technical question for you. Are the engines of a United States Navy Ship configured differently from the engines of a United States Army Vessel? You know, kinda like how the Navy reconfigured the engines on certain type of Aircraft? Asking for a friend.

  7. Slow Joe says:

    Has LC come out as a full blown communist yet?

    • AW1Ed says:

      Not that I’ve seen. Neither has Lars, for that matter.

      • Poetrooper says:

        Neither has the Chinese government.

        Just ask Lars…

        • AW1Ed says:

          They’re (note syntax, ya bunch a’ slackers) more more of a Criminal Kleptocracy, not true Communists.

          A fine line, true, and pretty much indistinguishable from the bottom class looking up.

    • LC says:

      What in any of my responses would make you think I’m a communist? I posted a transcript from POTUS, not Mao.

    • Poetrooper says:

      He’s not a commie, Joe, but I will grant you that LC’s left leg is substantially shorter than his right.

  8. 5th/77th FA says:

    It is good that we are using every weapon we have in this war against this ChiCom Originated Virus Infectious Disease from ’19. (COVID19) One has to wonder how many other weapons we could throw into the fight with the billions of pork $s inbedded in the “stimulus bill.” Maybe the musicians from the Kennedy Center can use their newly found spare time to do some open air concerts on the deck of the ship?

    I’m not overly concerned of this Chinese Communist Originated Virus Infectious Disease of 2019 taking me out. The neurologists told me 2 years ago I wouldn’t have that much time left anyhow. My concern is for the vast amount of wealth that was transferred from pension and 401K plans by the scumsuckking asshats that used their inside information to once again rape the persons that worked for a living.

    I say have the bean counters keep up with what this has/is costing us and send the bill the Communist Government of China. If they refuse to pay, then we just deduct the cost from what we owe them.

  9. Steve 1371 says:

    Guv Como is pissed R I is pulling over N Y cars and instructing them to quarantine for 14 days. He and Mass. think nothing of blockading northern N E gun owners from traveling thru their states from carrying a hand gun. We are not threatening to infect their entire population and likely won’t even stop and exit our vehicles till we are clear of those areas. That has been going on for many years!

  10. David says:

    Right now I am concerned for John Prine, hospitalized and intubated due to the virus. Him, I care about.

  11. JTB says:

    Check out the fake news…

  12. AW1Ed says:

    Governor Hogan (spelled “RINO”) is locking the doors and turning out the lights in the PDRofMD at 2000 today.
    ITEOTWAWKI, and I feel fine.

  13. Devtun says:

    Thousands cluster together at the pier to see the ship -ignoring social distancing. Peeps are just gonna do their own thing.

  14. Skyjumper says:

    Looks like Rachel MadCow blew it again?

    She claimed back on Friday March 20, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said President Trump was lying when he said the U.S. Navy hospital ships would arrive in Los Angeles and New York City in the near future. Exactly a week later, the USNS Mercy arrived in the Port of Los Angeles.

    “There is no sign that the Navy hospital ships that the President made such a big deal of — the ‘Comfort’ and the ‘Mercy’ — there’s no sign that they’ll be anywhere on site helping anywhere in the country for weeks yet,” Maddow said.

    She highlighted Trump’s announcement that the “Comfort” and the “Mercy” would arrive in the upcoming weeks and dismissing the news as “nonsense.”

    “The president said when he announced those ships would be put into action against the COVID-19 epidemic. He said one of those ships would be operational in New York harbor next week. That’s nonsense. It will not be there next week,” Maddow said.

    The Mercy arrived in L.A. on Friday, March 27, just one week after Maddow said the ship will take weeks to arrive. The USNS Comfort arrived in New York City’s harbor on Monday, March 30.

    Take that, you twunt! (grin)

    • Deckie says:

      Yeah I heard that as well. Would love to know where she heard that pile of horseshit from… I have classmates working aboard each of these vessels who said they were most definitely gearing up to make moves and nothing was stopping them.

      She got some bad sources (though she likely pulled that shit out of her ass on the fly for some good panic stoking.)

      Fuck that Maddow dude.

      • Mason says:

        Probably the same sources she got her big bombshell Trump 2005 tax returns from.

        She is totally indicative of how MSNBC is the mouthpiece of the DNC. So many outright lies. I can’t believe anyone even watches it anymore.

  15. aGrimm says:

    I spent one night on a hospital ship (may have been the Hope) off the coast of Nam after my eardrum was blown during a firefight. I hope the crews’ quarters on the Comfort aren’t as tight as the Hope’s. Social distancing was impossible. It was so tight, it was difficult to turn over in the bunk as there was only about 9-10″ between bunks. It’s difficult to pleasure one’s self when you are hitting the metal above you. I pitied the poor squids serving on the ship and was happy to get back to our base.