rss icon Subscribe
desktop mobile

USNS Comfort Docks in New York

The Capt. Brian A. McAllister leads the way for the USNS COMFORT into NY Harbor as she passes the Statue of Liberty on March 30, 2020. (Photo Credit: Max Guliani)

MarineLink

The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in New York Monday to support COVID-19 response efforts in the epicenter of America's coronavirus outbreak.

The ship will serve as a referral hospital for non-coronavirus patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals, and will provide a full spectrum of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults. This will allow local health professionals to focus on treating COVID-19 patients and for shore-based hospitals to use their Intensive Care Units and ventilators for those patients.

McAllister Towing provided the equipment and maritime expertise in safely docking the hospital ship. Docking Pilot Captain Robert Ellis was at the helm as the Comfort arrived in New York Harbor. Capt. Ellis had the power of four tugs in support to bring the 900-foot ship to Manhattan's Cruise Terminal at Pier 90 in the Hudson River. The Z-drive tractor tugs Capt. Brian A. McAllister, Ava McAllister, Alex McAllister and Ellen MCcAllister provided over 21,000 horsepoer combined to guide the hospital ship to her berth.

"The USNS Comfort arrived in New York City this morning with more than 1,100 medical personnel who are ready to provide safe, high-quality health care to non-COVID patients," said Capt. Patrick Amersbach, commanding officer of the USNS Comfort Military Treatment Facility.

Comfort's primary mission is to provide an afloat, mobile, acute surgical medical facility to the U.S. military that is flexible, capable and uniquely adaptable to support expeditionary warfare. Comfort's secondary mission is to provide full hospital services to support U.S. disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide.

"Like her sister ship, USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), which recently moored in Los Angeles, this great ship will support civil authorities by increasing medical capacity and collaboration for medical assistance," said Rear Adm. John Mustin, vice commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. "Not treating COVID-19 patients… but by acting as a relief valve for other urgent needs, freeing New York's hospitals and medical professionals to focus on the pandemic."

"This USNS Comfort team of Sailors, Marines and Civilian Mariners came together during the transit to New York City and our medical professionals are ready to begin receiving patients from local hospitals tomorrow," said Capt. Joseph O'Brien, mission commander of Task Force New York City.

The Military Sealift Command ship departed Norfolk, Va. Saturday after an abbreviated maintenance program.

It's expected that the ship will begin receiving patients within 24 hours after arriving in New York City. All patient transfers will be coordinated with local hospitals, thus ensuring a consistent handoff of care between medical providers. Patients will not be accepted on a walk-on basis, and should not come to the pier with any expectation that they can receive care.

The U.S. Coast Guard is providing a security escort of USNS Comfort into New York Harbor.

"The last time that this great hospital ship was here was in the wake of 9-11, where she served as respite and comfort for our first responders working around the clock," Mustin said. "Our message to New Yorkers - now your Navy has returned, and we are with you, committed in this fight."


Mar 30, 2020

 

Navy

MTU Gensets Chosen for US Navy Frigate Program

(Image: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce said it has been selected to supply its mtu naval generator sets for phase one of the U.

OpEd: Navy Infrastructure Needs a Boost from Congress

FILE PHOTO: Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi (Photo: Derek Fountain / HII)

America is home to some of the finest shipbuilders in the world. This industry is becoming

US Coast Guard Fires Warning Shots in Swarm of Iranian Vessels

FILE PHOTO: Island-class patrol boat USCGC Maui (WPB 1304). (Photo: Meleesa Gutierrez / U.S. Army)

A U.S. Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning shots after 13 vessels from Iran’s Islamic

Government Update

Ingalls Starts Fabrication of National Security Cutter Friedman (NSC 11)

Ingalls shipbuilder Jason Jackson starts fabrication of steel for the newest Legend-class national security cutter Friedman (NSC 11). Also pictured, from left, are Cmdr. Christopher Lavin, acting commanding officer, PRO Gulf Coast; Amanda Whitaker, Ingalls NSC ship integration manager; and Dianna Genton and Braxton Collins, Ingalls hull superintendents. (Photo: Derek Fountain / HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division said it has commenced

OpEd: Navy Infrastructure Needs a Boost from Congress

America is home to some of the finest shipbuilders in the world. This industry is becoming increasingly vital to our national security as we seek to build a larger Navy capable

US Coast Guard Fires Warning Shots in Swarm of Iranian Vessels

A U.S. Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning shots after 13 vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came close to it and other American Navy vessels

Maritime Apps