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Class hospitals

The Mercy class of hospital ships are converted San Clemente-class supertankers now used by the United States Navy as naval ambulances. Originally built in the late 1970s by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, they were acquired by the Navy and converted into hospital ships, coming into service in 1986 and 1987.

The ships are operated by Military Sealift Command and are designed to provide emergency, on-site care for US combatant forces, and also for use in support of disaster relief and humanitarian operations. Each ship contain 12 fully-equipped operating theaters, a 1,000 bed hospital facility, radiological services, medical laboratory, pharmacy, optometry lab, cat scan and two oxygen producing plants.

USNS Mercy
USNS Mercy leaving San Diego Bay
Class overview
Name: Mercy class
Builders: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
Operators:  United States Navy
Built: 1974–1976
In commission: 1986–present
Completed: 2
Active: 2
General characteristics
Type: Hospital ship
Displacement: 69,360 long tons (70,473 t)
Length: 894 ft (272 m)
Beam: 105 ft 7 in (32.18 m)
Propulsion: Two boilers, two GE turbines, one shaft, 24,500 hp (18 MW)
Speed: 17.5 knots (32.4 km/h; 20.1 mph)
Complement: 12 civilian and 58 military during Reduced Operating Status
61 civilian and 1,214 military during Full Operating Status
Time to activate: 5 days
Armament: None
Aviation facilities: Helicopter landing deck


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