The USNS Comfort, one of two hospital ships mobilised to support the response to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, has docked in New York City.

The ship will be used to treat patients who are not infected with Covid-19 to free up space in civilian hospitals to treat patients afflicted by the virus.

Arriving in New York USNS Comfort commanding officer Captain Patrick Amersbach said: “The USNS Comfort arrives in New York City this morning with more than 1,100 medical personnel who are ready to provide safe, high-quality health care to non-COVID patients.

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“We are ready and grateful to serve the needs of our nation.”

USNS Comfort’s sister ship the USNS Mercy has been deployed to Los Angeles, California, to support civilian hospitals there and has already admitted its first patient.