Accession Number : ADA293351

Title :   The Hospital Ship: A Mixed Blessing for the Operational Commander.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Burke, Darlene M.

PDF Url : ADA293351

Report Date : 13 FEB 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : The hospital ship is a mixed blessing for the operational commander. Undeniably, the ship provides an exceptional theater medical asset with it's highly advanced equipment and specialized practitioners. Unfortunately, however, there are numerous constraints and limitations associated with the hospital ship and its employment in support of combat, humanitarian and disaster relief missions. The purpose of this paper is to provide the operational commander with "need to know"information regarding the capabilities and the limitations of our nation's hospital ships, MERCY and COMFORT, so that he may use the hospital ship platform more efficiently and prevent it from becoming a liability and possible casualty. The hospital ships' mission(s), recent employments, and future utility are also discussed.

Descriptors :   *SHIPS, *MILITARY MEDICINE, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *HOSPITALS, *NAVAL VESSELS(SUPPORT), WARFARE, NATIONS, DISASTERS, MILITARY ASSISTANCE, PLATFORMS, MISSIONS.

Subject Categories : Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
      Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE