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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

The USNS Comfort in the Persian Gulf before the war in Iraq began.  
USNS Comfort

Date deployed: January 6, 2003. The ship returned to its home port on June 12, 2003.

Destination: Persian Gulf

Home base: Baltimore, Maryland

Crew: About 300 Navy personnel and 61 civilian mariners. More medical personnel can be flown to the ship as needed.

Duties: The 1,000-bed hospital ship has 12 operating rooms and is equipped to handle troops injured in biological and chemical attacks. During the war in Iraq, it handle 330 patients, most of which were combat-related injuries. As the U.S. military shifted from combat operations to humanitarian relief, the ship provided trauma care to 196 Iraqis.

The Comfort last deployed for war during Operation Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991. It also sailed to New York to assist emergency crews after the collapse of the World Trade Center.

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