- - Thursday, March 19, 2020

The photo accompanying “Everything you need to know about the hospital ship USNS Comfort deployed to N.Y.” (Web, March 18) shows the full force and compassion of the United States wherever and whenever it drops anchor or pulls up to a pier.

The USNS Comfort and its sister ship, the USNS Mercy, (home-ported on the U.S. West Coast) are good ambassadors and have travelled the globe at the behest of the U.S. to provide medical aid when needed.

This would be a good time for Congress to consider and initiate action to provide replacements for these two 1970s-era hulls. Replacements should incorporate 21st-century technologies and propulsion systems.

The USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy have had “the watch” and carried out their missions with outstanding professionalism. It’s time for (at least) two new hospital ships to assume the watch.

JAMES KOUT



Bowie, Md.

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