Medical News and Perspectives
May 28, 2003

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

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 in Baltimore.

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