The US Navy has two hospital ships named Comfort and Mercy.
They are used for international disaster relief and humanitarian operations.
They are run by the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC).
Each ship has 1,000 hospital beds and space for 1,300 crew.
The ships are both 894 feet long, weigh 70,000 tons and travel at 18 knots.
The USNS Mercy is an old oil tanker that was launched in 1986. It is currently stationed at Naval Base San Diego.
The USNS Comfort is also an old oil tanker that was launched in 1987. It is currently stationed at Naval Station Norfolk Virginia.
Each ship contains 12 fully equipped operating rooms, a 1,000-bed hospital facility, radiological services, a medical laboratory, pharmacy, optometry lab, CT scan equipment, and two oxygen-producing plants, and more.
Departments and facilities on board each ship:
Intensive care unit
Main laboratory plus satellite lab
Central sterile receiving
Physical therapy and burn care
Oxygen producing plants (two)
Four distilling plants to make drinking water from sea water (300,000 US gallons (1,100,000 l; 250,000 imp gal) per day)
US Navy Military Sealift Command
US Navy MSC