The US Navy has recently deployed Naval Hospital Ships USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort to provide medical support to Americans in regions affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The USNS Mercy is currently providing support in the Port of Los Angeles while the USNS Comfort is in New York harbor. The vessels will not be directly treating COVID-19 patients, but taking onboard other seriously ill patients to help relieve hospitals.
Rubb Building Systems of Sanford, ME is proud to have provided both ships with flight deck helicopter hangars to support medical evacuations. The prominent Rubb structures are 40 ft x 56ft (USNS Comfort) and 48 ft (USNS Mercy) with 16.4 ft sidewalls. Both structures currently hangar Blackhawks. Rubb’s building design includes an I-beam foundation, cargo and personnel doors and provisions for lifting the building by crane. The Rubb structures were provided in 2006 and 2007 and function effectively to this day.
The USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort are 894 ft long, can carry 1200 medical personnel and are equipped with 1000 hospital beds. Both ships contain 12 operating rooms, 80 ICU beds and similar specialty equipment that can be found in any large hospital.
President Trump recently ordered the deployment of the ships to, according to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, “take the pressure off the civilian hospitals when it comes to trauma cases and to open up civilian hospital rooms for infectious disease cases.”
Rubb is proud to support the mission of the USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort in helping overcome the COVID-19 virus.