thanks for that. Pictures really are worth a 1,000 words. Wow.
The Navy ship is, in the simplest terms, a hospital at sea.
The website calls the Comfort a “medical treatment facility,” whose primary mission is to “provide rapid, flexible and mobile acute health service support to Marine Corps, Army and Air Force units deployed ashore, and naval amphibious task and battle forces afloat.” The 1,000-bed ship’s secondary mission is for disaster and/or humanitarian relief.
It was at the ready last year for victims of Hurricane Matthew.
On Sunday, Hillary Clinton tweeted that "President Trump, (Defense) Sec. (James) Mattis, and DOD (Department of Defense) should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens.”
What is the ship’s current position?
Political activist @@seagal_lori sent out a picture of the Norfolk, Virginia, based vessel with the caption: “What is the ship’s current position?” adding that at around 11 a.m. Monday it was at 36.93361 N/76.33004 W.
On Tuesday, Nathan Potter, of the Naval public affairs office, told The Miami Herald that the vessel was currently docked in Norfolk and had “no plans to deploy.
Clinton’s tweet lacked important context: The Navy already had two amphibious ships off the coast, the USS Kearsarge and the USS Oak Hill, so the few thousand Marines and sailors aboard could launch relief operations. But her call to action took off, with a petition on the federal website Change.org garnering more than 100,000 signatures in three days and critics expressing frustration with the hashtag #SendtheComfort.
Since then, the call for the Comfort has come to symbolize something larger: A call for the Pentagon to send more.
Facing growing criticism about its response, the Pentagon on Monday argued that its efforts over the weekend marked only the beginning. Army Col. Rob Manning, a spokesman, told reporters the U.S. military was focused near-term on search-and-rescue operations and delivering generators to hospitals. Other plans called for the arrival of eight Army Black Hawk helicopters from Fort Campbell, Ky., a fleet of Air Force jets arriving with supplies, and disaster-assessment teams determining what else is needed.
This came up on a consortial listserv at work. The Southeastern Music Library Association (SEMLA) covers Puerto Rico. Yet another aspect of the devastation.
If you are headed out tonight in the USA, keep warm! Canada opened up some crazy unauthorized pipeline it seems.
I thought we’ve had this for a while. It’s been unseasonably cold in the north east, around 5-10 degrees F since christmas, and should continue for another week plus. The usual average where I live for January is ~ 36F, which I really miss right now…
Pfft, your highs are positive numbers.
We’ve gotten to -10 in Chicago. If I really wanted to be cheeky about it I could give the temps in C though ;)
It’s even relatively cold here in the 50s! I wore a light jacket last night when we went to the LA Zoo for the Xmas lights.
We should build a wall.
The LA Too has Christmas lights?!
I haven’t left my apartment in 5 days. I’m in full-on marination mode. Too cold. Just too cold.
I fully support protesting this pipeline of cold.
Neighbor stopped her car yesterday to snap this photo of me shoveling the driveway in gym shorts, so I struck my best modeling pose for her camera.
It would appear that you wear short shorts. :)
He likes short shorts!