Large MIlitary Hosptial Ships (Non-Chinese)

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    This thread is about large hospital ships of the world. Non-Chinese because we can have a separate thread specifically for Chinese hospital ships.

    When I say large, I mean any Hospital Ship over 16,000 tons.

    I will start with the USNS Mercy Class hospital ships of the US Navy.

    These ar HUGE hospital ships displacing over 65,000 tons, almost 900 feet long, and with a beam of 106 feet.

    There are two of them:

    USNS Mercy, T-AH-19, based out of San Diego, CA
    USNS Comfort, T-AH-20 based out of Norfolk, VA

    Next to the US Navy nuclear powered aircraft carriers, they are the largest US Navy ships afloat.

    In July 1984, during the Reagan years, the US Navy decided it needed larger and better hospital ship accommodations. So, the US Navy purchased a San Clemente-class tanker, the SS Worth, that had been built by National Steel in 1976, and did a complete conversion and overall of her into a modern, very well equipped, and very large hospital ship.

    She was launched in 1985, and then commissioned and then commissioned in November 1986, 28 months after her rebuild commenced. While this was occurring, a year after the start of the USNS Mercy, a second San Clemente-class tanker was purchased and converted into the USNS Comfort, which was commissioned in 1987,

    They are extremely well outfitted with the following:

    Operating Rooms: 12
    Intensive care wards: 80 beds
    Recovery wards: 20 beds
    Intermediate care wards: 280 beds
    Light care wards: 120 beds
    Limited care wards: 500 beds
    Total Patient Capacity: 1000 beds

    Emergency/Trauma Casualty reception,
    Sterile receiving,
    Radiological services,
    Main laboratory plus satellite lab,
    Medical supply/pharmacy,
    Physical therapy and burn care,
    Dental services,
    Optometry/lens lab,
    Morgue,
    Laundry,
    Oxygen producing plants (two),
    Medical Photography,
    Four distilling plants making drinking water from sea water
    - 300,000 US gallons (1,100,000 l; 250,000 imp gal) per day

    See my Flickr Album:



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    USNS Mercy Class Hospital Ships

    Here are a few more pictures. Lots more at the link.

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    Great topic, Jeff. I love and am so proud of these ships, especially the men and women who crew them. They bring world-class medical care to nearly every corner of the world, at no cost to the patients.
     
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    They are amazing vessels...but not the only ones.

    Several nations have dedicated hospital ships outside the US and China.

    Brazil, the UK (which converted the Argus to be a Causality Receiving Vessel), Spain, Russia, Indonesia...
     
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    USNS Mercy tales lead role in Pacific Partnership 2016

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    My son in law, who is 14 year career US Navy, and served aboard nuclear submarines for nine of those years, went through Medical Officer training (and college) funded by the US Navy, and is now a Naval Officer aboard the USNS Mercy.

    We're pretty proud of him, as his wife (our oldest daughter) and his three sons!
     
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    USNS Mercy visits Malaysia Pacific Partnership

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    My son in law, who for years was an enlisted man, rising to the Ranks of Chief, on nuclear attack subs, is on this vessel now as a medical officer.

    The US Navy put him through school and he is now a Lt. JG medical officer now and went on this deployment.

    That is one BIG ship, second in size only to the carriers. A one thousand bed hospital with many operating rooms and all of the modern equipment.
     
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    If you want to know just how big the US Navy Hospital ships (USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort) are...all you need to do is take a look at this one pic.

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    In the US Navy, only the US nuclear carriers are bigger.

    My son-in-law just got back from his six month deployment aboard the USNS Mercy...three kids and a wife were sure happy to see him home.
     
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