The USNS Comfort projects U.S. strength and humanity

A few hours ago, one of my sons showed me a photo of the USNS Comfort navigating into New York Harbor. It was a stunning photo. The ship is huge and projects both U.S. strength and our humanity.

Later, I shared the photo with a friends overseas and they were stunned. The questions went like this: How many of those ships does the U.S. have to how much do they cost to operate?

The ship is in New York and soon will become a major hospital.  

This is from the New York Post:   

Dispatched Saturday by President Trump from Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, the craft arrived at Manhattan’s Pier 90 at 10:42 a.m., as helicopters hovered above and a few dozen onlookers braved social-distancing regulations to catch a glimpse.

The vessel has a capacity of 1,000 beds, sorely needed as the contagion continues to strain the capacities of brick-and-mortar facilities.

“#NYPD Harbor and Aviation escort the @USNavy USNS Comfort as it enters New York Harbor,” the department’s Special Operations division wrote in a tweet, along with a video of the mammoth hospital ship cutting through an overcast Monday morning.

It reminds me of what my mother used to say when we arrived in the U.S. She would often say: “Que grande es este pais.” Or loosely translated, this is such a great country.

The world is watching this ship and is very impressed with our ability to face a crisis with every resource available, including two hospital ships!

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