USS Comfort, US Navy Hospital Ship, docked in Boston Harbor. Comfort was called upon to provide medical assistance to the Gulf Coast following the devestation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Ordered to activate 31 Aug 2005, the ship set sail for the Gulf of Mexico in a record 2 1/2 days, loaded with medical supplies and carrying more than 900 personnel including Civilian Mariners, Active Duty Navy Personnel and Project HOPE medical volunteers.
The ship arrived in Pascagoula, MS, 09 Sep to find the city in ruins. Medical personnel immediately began preparing the ship to assist the regions overcrowded hospitals by providing emergency surgical services, immunization, dental exam and medical diagnoses.
By the time Comfort left Pascagoula on 20 Sep, in order to avoid possible hit by Hurricane Rita, the crew had provided medical treatment to almost 1,500 people.
The ship then pulled into New Orleans LA where the MTF provided medical care to residents and emergency workers.
Comfort returned to Baltimore 13 Oct 2005.