President Trump visits Norfolk to see off USNS Comfort heading to New York for virus response

Posted at 5:51 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 09:35:09-04

NORFOLK, Va. — President Donald Trump arrived in Norfolk on Saturday to see off the USNS Comfort as it heads to New York to aid virus response.

Last week, News 3 reported that the ship's staff will not treat patients with coronavirus, but will help with other patients' health needs.

There are two Navy hospital ships run by Military Sealift Command. The USNS Comfort is based in Norfolk, while sister ship USNS Mercy is based in San Diego.

During his visit in Norfolk, Trump says our country is at war with an invisible enemy. He says he wanted to express his gratitude to the dedicated service members who will soon be on the front line of this fight.

Trump says USNS Comfort is a 70,000 ton message of hope and solidarity to the incredible people of New York. He also says with the determination of the American people and with the grace of God we will win this war and we will win this war quickly with as little death as possible

The USNS Mercy is heading to the Los Angeles area.

Medical capabilities aboard the hospital ships include surgical and post-surgical rooms, a CAT-scan unit, X-ray machines, a dental suite, an optometry lab, a physical therapy area and two oxygen-producing plants.

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