USNS Mercy largest Hospital ship in the world

The USNS Mercy is the lead ship of her class of hospital ships in the United States Navy. Mercy was built as an oil tanker, SS Worth, in 1976. Starting in July 1984, she was renamed and converted to a hospital ship.   Image credit Wikimedia

USNS Mercy largest Hospital ship in the world



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The Mercy class hospital ships are the third largest ships in the U.S. Navy Fleet by length, surpassed only by the nuclear powered Enterprise and Nimitz-class supercarriers.

In accordance with the Geneva Conventions, USNS Mercy and her crew do not carry any offensive weapons, though defensive weapons are available. Firing on the Mercy would be considered a war crime.

Her primary mission is to provide rapid, flexible, and mobile acute medical and surgical services to support Marine Corps Air/Ground Task Forces deployed ashore, Army and Air Force units deployed ashore, and naval amphibious task forces and battle forces afloat. Secondarily, she provides mobile surgical hospital service for use by appropriate US Government agencies in disaster or humanitarian relief or limited humanitarian care incident to these missions or peacetime military operations.



USNS Mercy largest Hospital ship in the world

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