William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Thursday, 14, January, 2010

Go Navy

Filed under: Medicine — williamthecoroner @ 11:24

The hospital ship, USNS Comfort is going to Haiti to render medical aid to the survivors of the earthquake.   It contains a 900 bed hospital, and hundreds of medical personnel  She will be supported by the resources of the USS Carl Vinson CVN 70 and the Burke-class destroyer USS Higgins. DDG76   The nuclear carrier can provide power and fresh water, and the destroyer will provide an escort and support USCG helicopters.

Boots on the ground will be provided by the 2,000 marines from the USS Bataan LHA 5, the USS Fort McHenry LSD 43 and USS Carter Hall LSD 50. They are joined by Forces Canada with the HMCS Halifax and HMCS Athabaskan.

During the first 48 hours or so, efforts will revolve around rescuing those trapped in collapsed buildings. After that, efforts will shift to aiding survivors. Time is everything.



  1. The Bataan is an LHD, not an LHA. The LHA 5 is the USS Peleliu. I spent 6+ months on the Peleliu.

    Comment by Steve — Thursday, 14, January, 2010 @ 18:13 | Reply

    • OK. I must have misread the Bataan’s website. And I keep wanting to write Battan instead of Bataan.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Thursday, 14, January, 2010 @ 19:58

  2. They WILL do good…

    Comment by Old NFO — Friday, 15, January, 2010 @ 02:48 | Reply

  3. The Carl Vinson was my old boat 1989-1994. Cryptologic Technician (Operator)/CTO3 and we had comms with the Peleliu. I have seen the USNS Comfort afloat and we were across the pier in Alameda from the USNS Mercy.

    Comment by Stiff Man — Friday, 15, January, 2010 @ 13:38 | Reply

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