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Mercy and Comfort

We are so proud to send humanitarian aid to war zones. Who would have thought there would come a day when the country with the greatest need for humanitarian aid would be ours.

I grew up as a navy brat. My dad would sometimes take us on the ships, especially during the weeks he was in charge of the Chief’s mess. He made stellar omelets, stovies and steak and eggs (no he was not a cook. He was a nuclear reactor maintenance specialist. Who knew the guy could cook?)

Here are video tours of the USNS Mercy, the hospital ship that is being deployed along with her sister ship, the Comfort. The hospital ships remind me of my childhood experience with military medicine. Very sparse and utilitarian. Nothing flashy, no valet parking. I was surprised to see whimsical sea animal stickers on some of the windows. But luxury doesn’t necessarily mean better outcomes. The care my family got from military doctors was pretty damn good.

The videographer in this clip had to be a navy guy. There’s a lot of emphasis on shiny control panels and blinking lights. Navy ships are spare, everything is out in the open. Sailors slide down steel ladders on their elbows. They’re pretty cool places, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Both ships have CT scanners, surgical suites, a ton of beds and an ambulance boat. Here’s a video of the Comfort. Check it out.

And here is the Mercy:

I’m going to predict we’re going to get some iconic lifetime images of the hospital ship in NY harbor with the skyline and/or the Statue of Liberty in the background.

These are your federal tax dollars at work. This is what you pay for. Every American should expect mercy and comfort, regardless of where they are, whether in New York City or Michigan.

3 Responses

  1. Touching to read your recollections, and how the sight of the navy ships coming to help does give one a swell of pride.

  2. Unfortunately, it brings to mind the Comfort sent to PR after their last devastating hurricane, laying practically idle because no one could figure out a way to get people in need to it. Never could figure that one out. Rachel asked one of the Commanders how the people would get to the ship and I believe he said it would dock like a cruise ship and a ramp/gangway? would be used. PR doesn’t get cruise ships? Even if the water at the dock wasn’t deep enough, why couldn’t people be transported to the ship for medical care? Was this ever an issue elsewhere? Epic fail in my book, and I blame you know who!

    • Maximum draught of deep sea vessels in port would have been just one data point in HRC’s problem solving DNA. She would never have even considered deploying a ship like this without finding some way to compensate for its inability to dock in a situation that required loading a massive number of patients.

      Morons like Dump will never know the impersonal spark someone like her gets from using their brains and not their ego. The very smartest people I’ve ever known do not seem to know how much they differ the other 99.99% of humanity. I’m certainly not among them, but their very presence is relaxing. Like really big dogs, they have nothing to prove – you know your ankles are safe around them.

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