Hospital ship returns after Baltic exercise

August 16, 2002

The 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort and crew returned home yesterday at Canton Pier, six weeks after leaving for a joint medical training exercise in the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

The crew treated nearly 700 patients from Baltic nations during the trip, and, while in England, was paid a visit by Princess Anne.

Nearly 600 medical personnel assigned to the ship for the exercise will return to their regular jobs at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, while the 894-foot-long Comfort returns to reduced operating status at the pier. The ship last deployed to New York City after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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