Monday, March 23, 2020

"Hospital ship USNS Mercy heads to Los Angeles in COVID-19 response"

Mercy is the ship we pointed to in last month's "Beijing, February 21: 'The WHO-led team of international experts in China will travel to coronavirus epicenter city of Wuhan on Saturday and investigate the outbreak'"
USNS Comfort is the other big hospital ship, based on the East Coast and scheduled to sail to New York harbor after it is re-supplied at Norfolk.
From UPI:
The hospital ship USNS Mercy will leave its home port of San Diego for Los Angeles on Monday, FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor said.
The ship, with 1,000 beds, is built to treat those wounded by war and trauma, and will not treat Southern California's COVID-19 cases. Its visit, expected to last one week, is instead meant to alleviate pressure on local hospitals as they deal with the pandemic.

"The ship will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals and will provide a full spectrum of medical care to include critical and urgent care for adults," Gaynor said on Sunday. "This will allow local health professionals to focus on treating COVID-19 patients and for shore-based hospitals to use their Intensive Care Units and ventilators for those patients."

The governors of both California and Washington requested hospital aid in the form of the USNS Mercy, but Gaynor said the projected need was five times greater in the Los Angeles area than in the Seattle area....MORE
Meanwhile the three aircraft carriers based in San Diego are out wandering around the ocean but can be brought back when the time is right for the martial law.

I was thinking about the carriers because this year the Theodore Roosevelt will be joined in San Diego by the Carl Vinson and the Abraham Lincoln, which brings us back around to that post on the WHO, February 21:

....It's been 32 days since the Chinese started coming clean on the coronavirus, eight weeks since the first warnings that something was up and just now the World Health Organization is getting ready to go to Wuhan?
I am reminded of this report immediately following the killer tsunami in 2004:
...WFP (World Food Program) has "arrived" in the capital with an "assessment and coordination team." The following is no joke; no Diplomad attempt to be funny or clever: The team has spent the day and will likely spend a few more setting up their "coordination and opcenter" at a local five-star hotel. And their number one concern, even before phones, fax and copy machines? Arranging for the hotel to provide 24hr catering service. USAID folks already are cracking jokes about "The UN Sheraton." Meanwhile, our military and civilians, working with the super Aussies, continue to keep the C-130 air bridge of supplies flowing and the choppers flying, and keep on saving lives -- and without 24hr catering services from any five-star hotel . . . . The contrast grows more stark every minute.
—Diplomad via Volokh Conspiracy, link rotted
Alternative source

As noted at the time:
The American and Royal Australian Navies were actually saving lives:
[don't forget the Singaporean helicopter pilots shuttling to the carrier and Mercy 24/7]
Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia (Jan. 3, 2005) - Lt. Jody Weinstein helps an injured Indonesian woman into a medical evacuation vehicle after she was transported from a coastal village on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Medical teams from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) set-up a triage site located on Sultan Iskandar Muda Air Force Base, in Banda Aceh, Sumatra. The two teams worked together with members of the Australian Air Force to provide initial medical care to victims of the Tsunami-stricken coastal regions. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently operating in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Indonesia and Thailand. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley (RELEASED)

In all, the American Task Force numbered more than twenty ships, headed up by the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72 or "Abe"):
USS Abraham Lincoln follows hospital ship USNS Mercy to station near
Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
The USS Abraham Lincoln follows the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy after arriving on station near Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, Feb. 3, 2005. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group has been operating in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Indonesia in support of Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian relief effort to aid the victims of the tsunami.
-U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Gabriel R. Piper
I don't have much time for self-appointed "elites".