US Navy Hospital Ship Provides Humanitarian Assistance

I have to share this blog. I posted it yesterday on my blog Sizzle in Science, and it is the most-visited site of any I have ever posted. I don't understand why. Read it and let me know if you have any ideas why?

The United States military has a program called ‘Humanitarian Assistance’ whose objective is not war. It encourages peace by strengthening the health and welfare of people throughout the world through the use of American know-how. This includes all active and reserve components of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and, when applicable, the Coast Guard. It includes disaster relief, refugee assistance, humanitarian and civil support, and civil assistance. For example, during Operation Restore Hope, the USS Tortuga (LSD 46) provided food, housing, and medical support for up to 1,000 immigrants. In other cases, the US provides transportation, engineering support, emergency medical treatment and
Crewmember of USS Comfort during a mission to Latin America and the Caribbean in 2007

Crewmember of USS Comfort during a mission to Latin America and the Caribbean in 2007

assistance. It extracts and evacuates sick, injured, or wounded civilians.

In a 2006 Humanitarian Mission, the hospital ship, USNS Mercy completed a five-month humanitarian and civic assistance deployment, treating nearly 200,000 patients in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia and East Timor.

Here’s more on this wonderful program:

Hospital Ship Prepares for Humanitarian Assistance Mission

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Tags: assistance, comfort, hospital, humanitarian, missions, navy, ships, uss


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