In the past several weeks the military has become more and more involved in the battle against the coronavirus. A notable event was the arrival of the USNS Comfort in New York City.

With the fear that New York City might run out of hospital beds for the sick, Governor Cuomo pleaded for assistance from the federal government and specifically from the military. President Trump answered the call and authorized the deployment of USNS Comfort along with a number of units.

The USNS Comfort departed from Norfolk, VA on March 28, arriving two days later in New York City. The Comfort has 1,200 medical personnel, 1,000 hospital beds, and 12 operating rooms. The last time the ship sailed into New York City was after 9/11, which proves the gravity of the present situation.

The initial mission for the Comfort was to relieve pressure off hospitals, by taking on patients that needed treatment for non-COVID-19 related issues.