The US Navy Ship Comfort is on her way home
from the Persian Gulf after a 4-month tour of duty that brought aboard more
than 600 injured soldiers and civilians. Earlier this month, the ship discharged
its last 65 patients—all Iraqi civilians, who were released to shoreside
US military hospitals or to Iraqi facilities.
Most of the ship's 1200-member medical and support crew flew home in
late April and early May, leaving a skeleton crew of 340 to take her to port
Vastag B. Naval Hospital Ship Heads for Home After Treating Casualties of Gulf War. JAMA. 2003;289(20):2635-2636. doi:10.1001/jama.289.20.2635