USNS Comfort through the years [Pictures]
The USNS Comfort, the white-hulled hospital ship that has been a fixture of the Baltimore waterfront for a quarter-century, is moving to Norfolk, Va. Maryland officials had fought the move of the ship, whose missions have included supporting service members in Iraq and helping earthquake victims in Haiti. The Navy had announced the transfer last year as a cost move. Converted from an oil tanker to a 1,000-bed medical center in 1987, the 894-foot vessel employs 18 civilians and 59 naval personnel.
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USNS Comfort: Baltimore 2013
Dustin Smith, a line handler with Bata Marine, pulls a line as The USNS Comfort.