The ship, based out of Norfolk, Va., is the world's largest floating hospital. Designed to support major combat operations, it has 1,000 patient beds and state of the art medical facilities.
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USNS Comfort: Aboard the world's largest floating hospital
Take a tour inside the US Naval Ship Comfort, from the flight deck to the medical deck
By Ioanna Roumeliotis, CBC News Posted: Nov 25, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 25, 2017 5:00 AM ET
The U.S. military was crucial to the relief effort in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and one group in particular played a pivotal role: The crew of the USNS Comfort.
In Puerto Rico it had a different mission — supporting local hospitals damaged by the storm. The ship's medical team saw about 500 patients a day, ranging from sniffles to surgical cases.
"We were actually taking delivery of entire intensive care units that were shut down because they lost power or oxygen or both," says the ship's director of surgical services, Commander Howard Pryor.
Take a tour inside the USNS Comfort, from the flight deck to the medical deck.
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