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USNS COMFORT is one of the two Hospital Ships of the Navy. Both ships are maintained by the Military Sealift Command and are part of the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force (NFAF).
USNS COMFORT was a participant of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, COMFORT deployed to New York City and served as a floating base for rescue workers. In mid-2002, COMFORT visited the North Sea and the Baltic Sea for a series of exercises. In late 2002, the ship left the US East Coast and deployed to the Arabian Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
|General Characteristics:||Keel Laid: May 1, 1975 (the oil tanker)|
|Launched: February 1, 1976 (the oil tanker)|
|Commissioned: December 1, 1987 (the hospital ship)|
|Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: two GE turbines|
|Length: 894 feet (272.6 meters)|
|Beam: 106 feet (32.3 meters)|
|Draft: 33 feet (10 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 69,350 tons full load|
|Speed: 17.5 knots|
|Aircraft: helicopter platform suitable for all helicopters|
|Homeport: Baltimore, MD|
|Crew: Active: 63 MSC, 956 Naval medical staff and 258 Naval support staff|
|Inactive: 16 MSC and 40 Naval medical staff|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS COMFORT. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USNS COMFORT Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by me and shows the COMFORT at her layberth at Baltimore, Md., early in the morning on October 31, 2010.