The United States is at war with an invisible enemy in the coronavirus, President Donald J. Trump said from the dock at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, where he and Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper saw off the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort as it left for New York City to join the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are marshalling the full power of the American nation — economic, scientific, medical and military — to vanquish the virus,” Trump said at today’s departure ceremony. “I’m here to express my profound gratitude to the dedicated service members who will soon be on the front lines of this fight.”
The Comfort will join the tens of thousands of doctors, nurses and medical professionals who are battling to save American lives, the president said. “This great ship behind me is a 70,000-ton message of hope and solidarity to the incredible people of New York,” he added.
The Comfort leaves for New York fully equipped with 12 operating rooms, with hospital beds, a medical laboratory, a pharmacy, an optometry lab, digital radiology, a CAT scan, two oxygen-producing plants and a helicopter deck, the president noted.
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