This is the U.S. Navy blog site for the 2020 deployment of Navy hospital ships USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) and USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) to provide medical support to Americans in regions significantly affected by the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Navy medical professionals on both ships will assist local health care providers by offering care to persons who do not have the virus, freeing local hospitals and clinics to treat COVID-19 patients.
Visit here frequently to see the latest video content, imagery, news articles and other information about these ships and their Navy crew members as they serve Americans during this deployment.
The operation is led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with U.S. Northern Command, Military Sealift Command and the U.S. Navy. The Navy is committed to providing Defense Support of Civil Authorities by increasing medical capacity and collaboration for medical assistance in two areas of the country that have seen tremendous impact from the coronavirus pandemic.
March 28, 2020: President, Defense Secretary Brief Reporters at USNS Comfort Departure
Ship Leadership Biographies (PDF)
Video Playlist: U.S. Navy Hospital Ships Mercy and Comfort
DVIDS Resources (Video, Imagery, Additional Reporting)
USNS Mercy Photo Gallery
USNS Comfort Photo Gallery
USNS Comfort Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
March 27, 2020: USNS Mercy Arrives in Los Angeles
March 27, 2020: St Louis Native Supports Nation’s COVID-19 Response Efforts Aboard USNS Mercy
March 26, 2020: Reserve Sailors Deploy Aboard USNS Comfort
March 24, 2020: Navy Reserve Arrives to Support USNS Mercy
March 18, 2020 – Hospital Ships, Other DOD Assets Prepare for Coronavirus Response
Answering the Call: Stateside Deployments of U.S. Navy Hospital Ships
U.S. Navy COVID-19 Response
Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED)
U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM)
Military Sealift Command
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Health Information Privacy (Dept. of Health and Human Services)