Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Wednesday Whites - US Naval Hospital Ship, Mercy - April 3, 2013


Docked in January in San Francisco, this is one of the converted San Clemente-
class supertankers used by the US Navy as hospital ships.  They came into
service in 1986 and 1987 and have 1000 beds and 12 fully equipped operating
rooms.  In mid-2004, Vice Admiral Michael L. Cowan, the Surgeon General said
these "dinosaurs" should be retired.  However, to date, options to replace them
with more suitable medical facilities have not been determined.




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6 comments:

  1. I've seen one of the hospital ships when she was in San Diego...I forget now if it was the Mercy or the Comfort. Very impressive!

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  2. A big floating hospital.

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  3. Beautiful.

    Hope you're doing great Carmen and plans for your return to India are coming along nicely. And I hope your daughter-in-law is feel really good. She's in the "home stretch". I can't wait to see your grandbaby!

    xo jj

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  5. How important a ship. Always two hands of water beneath its keel.
    Thank you for introducing this theme day. Please have a good weekend ahead.

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  6. Wow, a hospital ship! It must be very interesting to be inside this vessel! Thanks for sharing, Carmen. Love your photos. Hope to see you again this week!

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