How the US' Hospital Ships Work

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Jeffrey Cohan
Jeffrey Cohan Prieš 7 dienų
I served 3 years on the USNS Comfort as a Navy Corpsman in CASREC
corey Babcock
corey Babcock Prieš 7 dienų
God bless the doctors and nurses and patients on those ships
9A-RAMA Prieš 12 dienų
Yet you 20.000 ambulance fee
Haxorzist Prieš 15 dienų
To be honest we will likely see these ships again in the next World War so given the US militaries level of upkeep these ships make sense. About the closed spaces these probably also save the ship from sinking when they hit a mine. A thing that still attacks them unconditionally.
broe5010 broe5010
broe5010 broe5010 Prieš 16 dienų
Everyone: Let’s build hospital ship to save our soldiers. U.S.A: Let’s build a hospital ship to scare our enemies!
King of Rivia
King of Rivia Prieš 17 dienų
This could be a mistake in the future - i mean i was actually surprised seeing this because the UK doesnt have a hospital ship - we lead a global commonwealth of 60 nations i think a hospital ship could be useful....also the UK is literally an island if there is a katastrophe somewhere and hospitals reach capacity it can just park and its ready to go
Tyler Hish
Tyler Hish Prieš 17 dienų
Wendover, your source on the amount of beds in Maine is wrong. There is over 3,300 inpatient, staffed beds and approximately 338 total ICU beds in Maine. That's more than the two ships combined. The beds from the is only those beds available AFTER the ones used by non-covid related patients.
Eric Leef
Eric Leef Prieš 18 dienų
San Francisco Pipefitter here. I worked on the USNS MERCY in my youth.
Beat Bank
Beat Bank Prieš 20 dienų
Mercy and Comfort? How sweet.
jonathan lavezzi
jonathan lavezzi Prieš 20 dienų
Isn’t there supposed to be a green straight along the water line just like the giant red crosses? According to the Geneva conventions
Gerard Ligonde
Gerard Ligonde Prieš 20 dienų
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RevolvingDork Prieš 21 dieną
military healthcare better than public healthcare
Yuudachi poi
Yuudachi poi Prieš 21 dieną
The use of elevators should be avoided in hospital designs. My nearest hospital has about 20 floors...
david whang
david whang Prieš 23 dienas
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Gevatter Tod
Gevatter Tod Prieš 23 dienas
the oppoite swiss Navy
drfilhobarreiros Prieš 26 dienų
how about use an older nimitz (and the hangars) as a substitute?
Nebur Nynhs
Nebur Nynhs Prieš 26 dienų
Lmao that guy @6:26 percussing his liver.
Isaac Friend
Isaac Friend Prieš mėn
So foreign nations get free US Healthcare? Nice. But our soldiers and citizens can fend for themselves
king james488
king james488 Prieš mėn
couldn't they stick like radar and communications equipment on them then? or other useful things that aren't considered weapons or ammunition?
Most Crusty
Most Crusty Prieš mėn
It’s pronounce Nor-fuk
Bunce Robert
Bunce Robert Prieš mėn
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N N n
N N n Prieš mėn
No mane and free work
Alex Sheppard
Alex Sheppard Prieš mėn
Geneva convention? More like Geneva Suggestion.
The Wizard Games
The Wizard Games Prieš mėn
Billal Hossain Francis
Billal Hossain Francis Prieš mėn
Billal Hossain Francis
Billal Hossain Francis Prieš mėn
Jinson Noh
Jinson Noh Prieš mėn
USA: We may not have the best public heathcare in our Country but our military healthcare is the best in the world US Citizens: Okayyyyyyy??
AngeliqueKaga Prieš mėn
Why is America's hospital ships so bloody OLD?
Jesús Ángel Ibarreche
Jesús Ángel Ibarreche Prieš mėn
HAI: Hospital ships are nearly obsolete due to the efectiveness of the ground hospitals and the easiness to carry the wounded in battle 1:35 Also HAI: the USN should invest in hospital ships more than in new destroyers 8:50 Come on, man...
420 Dab
420 Dab Prieš mėn
Ben Prieš mėn
Ffs learn to say Norfolk already
oriolesfan61 Prieš mėn
Trump uses them as photo ops
Ken He
Ken He Prieš 2 mėnesius
bro, speak in knots, not kph or mph when talking about ships.
Eric Henningfeld
Eric Henningfeld Prieš 2 mėnesius
Government: "We built this shit." Me: "Cool, so I can have health care?" Government: "No! ThAtS CoMmUnIsM"
Rat King
Rat King Prieš 2 mėnesius
1:30 italy during WW2. yeah imma ignore the shit outta that and torpedo the british
Jens Tannen
Jens Tannen Prieš 2 mėnesius
I’ve been inside of the Chinese hospital Ship “Ark of peace” in his visit to Exponaval in Chile, it was impressive, not as much as the US hospital ships (almost half the size), but still it really impressed me how a hospital can work in the ship, the only problem was the smell, the whole ship smelled like garlic
LEMMINO Prieš mėn
I would only guess garlic is useful to hide the smell of oil, diesel, blood, human waste etc or made the crew enjoy garlic in their food idk
Rexford L
Rexford L Prieš 2 mėnesius
Sometime June 2006, the USNS Mercy was deployed to the Southern Philippines in Pacific Partnership. My ship the USS Momsen DDG-92 was operating in the same area when we received a message from CTF70 about 0200 saying they had intel that Muslim insurgents were going to sail a small boat along side the anchored Mercy and detonate the explosives it was carrying. We went to General Quarters, fired up all 4 main engines and headed toward the Mercy at our flank speed. (Well in excess of 30 knots!) The only way we could have gone faster was to enable battle override and run the engines till they self destructed! Luckily, nothing happened to the Mercy and she continued to provide medical support to the local people in desperate need of it.
G G Prieš 2 mėnesius
4:47 Sad to see that my country is unlikely to meet Comfort or Mercy
Ashton Chin
Ashton Chin Prieš 2 mėnesius
Willing to bet that the healthcare system is more competent and less bureaucratic than the hospitals on the mainland, where capitalism is not involved
Earte Cathy
Earte Cathy Prieš 2 mėnesius
I remember when my physician volunteered for service on the US Hope, which at the time was stationed near Vietnam. I wish you had included that hospital ship in your essay.
ΓVLΞ 34 Prieš 2 mėnesius
Did Wendover just show an American carrier passing through the Suez canal...? I don't really think that would happen.
Into the Sky
Into the Sky Prieš mėn
The U.S. aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln passed through the Suez back in 2019 as a deterrent to Iran.
So Bored
So Bored Prieš 2 mėnesius
I think it’s crazy though that the navy is fully capable of pulling up to war with a full blown hospital if need be. Like talk about being prepared. I’d shit my pants with just that alone.
Bobby Hampton
Bobby Hampton Prieš 2 mėnesius
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charlie payne
charlie payne Prieš 3 mėnesius
No China has the largest navy in the world but it is years behind in technological advancement
Francis Waters
Francis Waters Prieš mėn
Well yes thats technically true the us has a bigger navy in tonnage (being bigger than the next 13 navies combine)
serena prots
serena prots Prieš 3 mėnesius
From planes to ships, Sam has it covered.
Magaly Gomez
Magaly Gomez Prieš 3 mėnesius
Copied word for word
Spark Music & Theatrale
Spark Music & Theatrale Prieš 3 mėnesius
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SoroSalt Gaming
SoroSalt Gaming Prieš 4 mėnesius
This is a great vid for covid
Ed Brook
Ed Brook Prieš 4 mėnesius
We need more of these around the world
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Ghastly_Grinner Prieš 4 mėnesius
"Land based warfare is increasingly obsolete" laughs in Libyan Syrian azerbaijani American Turkish Ukrainian Russian
Jack MaCock
Jack MaCock Prieš 4 mėnesius
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SOVIETUNION _324 Prieš 4 mėnesius
Imagine the fucking bill
I Just Fell Down
I Just Fell Down Prieš 4 mėnesius
US's medical system: hundreds of dollars for 1 vial of insulin.
Adam Truong
Adam Truong Prieš 5 mėnesių
4:35 When someone talks about ship speed, I prefer knots. Not hating or anything, but I get a better idea of ship speed that way.
Sithun Biyanvila
Sithun Biyanvila Prieš 5 mėnesių
But the disaster didn't happen in Sri Lanka, they have managed it very nicely. Its happening in USA right now. USA needs a intelligent president first of all.
Chris Walgenbach
Chris Walgenbach Prieš 5 mėnesių
Thank you for this video!
Steven Davis
Steven Davis Prieš 5 mėnesių
I disagree with your assessment of limiting hospital services to just two stories or less. The old Madigan Army Hospital in Fort Lewis Washington was single story. The Hospitals services were so far apart that personnel were forced to ride bikes down the halls to get from one end to the other. Madigan demolished that hospital and built its current multilevel hospital which saw much improved workflow. Having elevators is not the problem. Optimal positioning and number of such conveyance is key. Example, having multiple elevators prioritized to ER, OR and ICU situated in the same building on multiple floors with emergency override capabilities.... in my experience seems to work the best.
Jerry O'Dell
Jerry O'Dell Prieš 5 mėnesių
Given the problems caused recently, there seems to be an opportunity to obtain about four cruise ships (for the USA, more by other Nations) and convert them into hospital ships if it is cost effective and safe to do so. If the right deal could be made, it would help the shipping industry and help the World as well.
Ja M
Ja M Prieš 5 mėnesių
So the ships are merely propaganda
Ja M
Ja M Prieš 5 mėnesių
3:03 I guess they´ll have to buy 10 hospital ships more in order to counterbalance the current image the world has concerning the US health care system
John Deltuvia
John Deltuvia Prieš 6 mėnesių
Including the impoverished nation of... New York City?
Joel Cairns
Joel Cairns Prieš 6 mėnesių
It's pronounced norfuk
Andrea Mathison
Andrea Mathison Prieš 6 mėnesių
I was stationed on the USNS Mercy on her maiden voyage in 1987....what an honor and privilege it was to serve on her. The Mercy is an amazing ship with amazing crew. If they ever want an old Navy gal back in again so I can once again serve on her, let me know....I am ready to go at ANYTIME. I know of a few hundred of my fellow shipmates who would gladly serve again as well. Just ask us....we will go and do!
martin Rosenow
martin Rosenow Prieš 6 mėnesių
What will cost us a Battelship to kill People? no matter..3 Billions...okay we take 50 And what will cost us One Hospital Ship to save Lifes? 257 MIllion, No Way man! That is to Expensive
M4CH 20
M4CH 20 Prieš 6 mėnesių
When you get recovered in that ship you'll pay 10 Grand just for a bed
kyle Prieš 6 mėnesių
I saw one of these ships in Norfolk, Virginia
EndCSline 0
EndCSline 0 Prieš 6 mėnesių
want to hear a joke? US healthcare systems
Tyei Prieš 6 mėnesių
So this is what free health care could buy? Crazy
Magaly Gomez
Magaly Gomez Prieš 3 mėnesius
Never gonna happen
CS Anton
CS Anton Prieš 6 mėnesių
Lol in war, you can attack a warship and kill those men but if those same men survive and bought in the hospital ship, you cant attack them? i guess thats why war is an expensive business, its a game of war asset destruction so the more you make those ships the harder for the enemy to win
matt0chew Prieš 6 mėnesių
Only 8 Nations have hospital ships. Wrong. Fact check: The United Kingdom's Royal Navy has the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship Argus, also a hospital ship/Primary Casualty Receiving Ship.
StrokeMahEgo Prieš 6 mėnesių
Navy: hospital ships are kinda meh Fema: these things are great. The navy does love their "gotta go up to go down" ship interiors though
Titanic 1912
Titanic 1912 Prieš 6 mėnesių
I came here for britannic
Griffin Noname
Griffin Noname Prieš 6 mėnesių
What if we used this for Covid
Rumia Prieš 6 mėnesių
Mercy was recently in CA.
Speedbird 118
Speedbird 118 Prieš 6 mėnesių
You forgot the British hospital ships that aren't proper hospital ships because guns.
a human
a human Prieš 7 mėnesių
Do the soldiers go into debt from the hospital bills afterwards?
Aliya Z
Aliya Z Prieš 7 mėnesių
Comfort didnt do her job during COVID... wayy tooo late in the game did the ship start accepting actual covid patients....
The More You Know
The More You Know Prieš 7 mėnesių
Hey Wendover Productions, I was wondering if you take actions to help small channels? Just curious. I’m a new youtuber and my videos are quality but I can’t seem to get any eyes on my content just because I’m a small channel. Thanks
TheSpartan451 Prieš 7 mėnesių
See you all in a couple years when an indie dev who watched this video has made a horror game that takes place on one of these ships
Speedster14 5
Speedster14 5 Prieš 7 mėnesių
So a hospital ship has a larger budget than most navies if that doesn’t state how well funded the navy is I don’t know what is
Victoria G
Victoria G Prieš 8 mėnesių
Do you love transportation?
9A-RAMA Prieš 8 mėnesių
so it apply the same rule as a war medic's a ship
Loosey Goosey
Loosey Goosey Prieš 8 mėnesių
Eh decomission them and scrap them and then build 4 more Hospital ships. These new 4 Hospital ships of course should have the top of the line Medical tech and should be designed to be as effective as possible.
Aayan Agarwal
Aayan Agarwal Prieš 8 mėnesių
US's military healthcare system is better than US's .. Priorities
Blunt .Cabbage
Blunt .Cabbage Prieš 7 mėnesių
No shit. It's basic logic. The American military's healthcare system for its troops needs to just treat the men who are casualties of war. This is inherently a tiny number compared to the hundreds of thousands or millions of cases of all kinds of ailments stateside from the civilian populace.
hstiehda Prieš 8 mėnesių
Those ships have got to be haunted
Hyper Dog456
Hyper Dog456 Prieš 8 mėnesių
America waste so much money on their navy, like seriously who needs 11 carriers in peace time
Blunt .Cabbage
Blunt .Cabbage Prieš 7 mėnesių
Who needs them? All of the countries who inherently rely on the US as part of their defense against large superpowers such as China and Russia, who are only held back by the US and its massive navy, air force, and army.
Loosey Goosey
Loosey Goosey Prieš 8 mėnesių
11 carriers is the reason there is peace time
KMS Tirpitz
KMS Tirpitz Prieš 8 mėnesių
If there was a huge scale war, I doubt the rules of the Geneva Convention would matter. These could be rather high-value and even then the winning side would be immune to all war crimes they committed while the losing side would be guilty for all of their war crimes. History is written by the victors. But anyways, nice ship.
Blunt .Cabbage
Blunt .Cabbage Prieš 7 mėnesių
History isn't written by the victors, this fallacy has been debunked for ages.
Andrea Mathison
Andrea Mathison Prieš 8 mėnesių
As a member of the original crew on her Maiden Voyage in 1987.....I LOVED every single moment serving on her. She is an amazing ship and because of her, my life has never been the same again. I am blessed indeed to have sailed on her, met other amazing officer and enlisted people from THREE branches of the service, and to have traveled to such amazing places...Oh, how I wish I could serve on her again. We were also a small group in the whole world who were able to receive our Golden Shellback certification while crossing the Equator ON the International Date Line. Pretty cool if ya ask me.
MrFuzzyPants Prieš 8 mėnesių
Wendover making a video with hospitals: time for the 6:07 clip
TheJespah Prieš 8 mėnesių
Am I the only one that noticed the drone shot at 07:10 was recorded in Helsinki's Kalasatama of a regular office building like three years ago? just found it funny
coudi Prieš 8 mėnesių
1:53 lol i didn't even know my country operates hospital ships
Smith 53
Smith 53 Prieš 8 mėnesių
With all the cruise ships not being used and some may have to be sold to keep their cruise line running. Maybe the USN could buy some and modify for use as a possible replacement for the 2 current ships ?
Magma Fang
Magma Fang Prieš 8 mėnesių
Can't you use them for cover when battleships r fired on
hemant kumar
hemant kumar Prieš 8 mėnesių
They have vinci robot on ship .omg
Zac the Dad
Zac the Dad Prieš 8 mėnesių
Nuh, it doesn't work
hawky225 Prieš 8 mėnesių
In addition to US personnel, both the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy host hundreds of medical professionals and aid workers from allied countries, both military and civilian, during humanitarian deployments to the Caribbean and Southeast Asia (Operation Continuing Promise).
Thebluernemace Prieš 8 mėnesių
Sam: *shows hospital ship* Hospital ship: *not britannic* Me: *displeased*
mR. rYaN
mR. rYaN Prieš 8 mėnesių
Can we ask this guy to use Knots instead of standard Units?
Kevin Neilson
Kevin Neilson Prieš 8 mėnesių
The irony here..... is it lost on anyone? No? Military being infinitely more important than actual healthcare in the US? It's just sickening....
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