How the US' Hospital Ships Work

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  1. Jeffrey Cohan
    Jeffrey Cohan
    7 dagen geleden

    I served 3 years on the USNS Comfort as a Navy Corpsman in CASREC

  2. corey Babcock
    corey Babcock
    7 dagen geleden

    God bless the doctors and nurses and patients on those ships

  3. 9A-RAMA
    12 dagen geleden

    Yet you 20.000 ambulance fee

  4. Haxorzist
    15 dagen geleden

    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.

  5. broe5010 broe5010
    broe5010 broe5010
    17 dagen geleden

    Everyone: Let’s build hospital ship to save our soldiers. U.S.A: Let’s build a hospital ship to scare our enemies!

  6. King of Rivia
    King of Rivia
    17 dagen geleden

    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

  7. Tyler Hish
    Tyler Hish
    17 dagen geleden

    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.

  8. Eric Leef
    Eric Leef
    19 dagen geleden

    San Francisco Pipefitter here. I worked on the USNS MERCY in my youth.

  9. Beat Bank
    Beat Bank
    20 dagen geleden

    Mercy and Comfort? How sweet.

  10. jonathan lavezzi
    jonathan lavezzi
    20 dagen geleden

    Isn’t there supposed to be a green straight along the water line just like the giant red crosses? According to the Geneva conventions

  11. Gerard Ligonde
    Gerard Ligonde
    21 dag geleden

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  12. RevolvingDork
    21 dag geleden

    military healthcare better than public healthcare

  13. Yuudachi poi
    Yuudachi poi
    22 dagen geleden

    The use of elevators should be avoided in hospital designs. My nearest hospital has about 20 floors...

  14. david whang
    david whang
    23 dagen geleden

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  15. Gevatter Tod
    Gevatter Tod
    24 dagen geleden

    the oppoite swiss Navy

  16. drfilhobarreiros
    26 dagen geleden

    how about use an older nimitz (and the hangars) as a substitute?

  17. Nebur Nynhs
    Nebur Nynhs
    27 dagen geleden

    Lmao that guy @6:26 percussing his liver.

  18. Isaac Friend
    Isaac Friend
    Maand geleden

    So foreign nations get free US Healthcare? Nice. But our soldiers and citizens can fend for themselves

  19. king james488
    king james488
    Maand geleden

    couldn't they stick like radar and communications equipment on them then? or other useful things that aren't considered weapons or ammunition?

  20. Most Crusty
    Most Crusty
    Maand geleden

    It’s pronounce Nor-fuk

  21. Bunce Robert
    Bunce Robert
    Maand geleden

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  22. N N n
    N N n
    Maand geleden

    No mane and free work

  23. Alex Sheppard
    Alex Sheppard
    Maand geleden

    Geneva convention? More like Geneva Suggestion.

  24. The Wizard Games
    The Wizard Games
    Maand geleden


  25. Billal Hossain Francis
    Billal Hossain Francis
    Maand geleden


  26. Billal Hossain Francis
    Billal Hossain Francis
    Maand geleden


  27. Jinson Noh
    Jinson Noh
    Maand geleden

    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??

  28. AngeliqueKaga
    Maand geleden

    Why is America's hospital ships so bloody OLD?

  29. Jesús Ángel Ibarreche
    Jesús Ángel Ibarreche
    Maand geleden

    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...

  30. 420 Dab
    420 Dab
    Maand geleden


  31. Ben
    Maand geleden

    Ffs learn to say Norfolk already

  32. oriolesfan61
    Maand geleden

    Trump uses them as photo ops

  33. Ken He
    Ken He
    2 maanden geleden

    bro, speak in knots, not kph or mph when talking about ships.

  34. Eric Henningfeld
    Eric Henningfeld
    2 maanden geleden

    Government: "We built this shit." Me: "Cool, so I can have health care?" Government: "No! ThAtS CoMmUnIsM"

  35. Rat King
    Rat King
    2 maanden geleden

    1:30 italy during WW2. yeah imma ignore the shit outta that and torpedo the british

  36. Jens Tannen
    Jens Tannen
    2 maanden geleden

    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

    1. LEMMINO
      Maand geleden

      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

  37. Rexford L
    Rexford L
    2 maanden geleden

    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.

  38. G G
    G G
    2 maanden geleden

    4:47 Sad to see that my country is unlikely to meet Comfort or Mercy

  39. Ashton Chin
    Ashton Chin
    2 maanden geleden

    Willing to bet that the healthcare system is more competent and less bureaucratic than the hospitals on the mainland, where capitalism is not involved

  40. Earte Cathy
    Earte Cathy
    2 maanden geleden

    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.

  41. ΓVLΞ 34
    ΓVLΞ 34
    2 maanden geleden

    Did Wendover just show an American carrier passing through the Suez canal...? I don't really think that would happen.

    1. Into the Sky
      Into the Sky
      Maand geleden

      The U.S. aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln passed through the Suez back in 2019 as a deterrent to Iran.

  42. So Bored
    So Bored
    2 maanden geleden

    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.

  43. Bobby Hampton
    Bobby Hampton
    2 maanden geleden

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  45. charlie payne
    charlie payne
    3 maanden geleden

    No China has the largest navy in the world but it is years behind in technological advancement

    1. Francis Waters
      Francis Waters
      Maand geleden

      Well yes thats technically true the us has a bigger navy in tonnage (being bigger than the next 13 navies combine)

  46. serena prots
    serena prots
    3 maanden geleden

    From planes to ships, Sam has it covered.

    1. Magaly Gomez
      Magaly Gomez
      3 maanden geleden

      Copied word for word

  47. Spark Music & Theatrale
    Spark Music & Theatrale
    3 maanden geleden

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  48. SoroSalt Gaming
    SoroSalt Gaming
    4 maanden geleden

    This is a great vid for covid

  49. Ed Brook
    Ed Brook
    4 maanden geleden

    We need more of these around the world

  50. Spark Music & Theatrale
    Spark Music & Theatrale
    4 maanden geleden

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  51. Ghastly_Grinner
    4 maanden geleden

    "Land based warfare is increasingly obsolete" laughs in Libyan Syrian azerbaijani American Turkish Ukrainian Russian

  52. Jack MaCock
    Jack MaCock
    4 maanden geleden

    Card declined: “Aiit get the bone saw”

  53. SOVIETUNION _324
    4 maanden geleden

    Imagine the fucking bill

  54. I Just Fell Down
    I Just Fell Down
    4 maanden geleden

    US's medical system: hundreds of dollars for 1 vial of insulin.

  55. Adam Truong
    Adam Truong
    5 maanden geleden

    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.

  56. Sithun Biyanvila
    Sithun Biyanvila
    5 maanden geleden

    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.

  57. Chris Walgenbach
    Chris Walgenbach
    5 maanden geleden

    Thank you for this video!

  58. Steven Davis
    Steven Davis
    5 maanden geleden

    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.

  59. Jerry O'Dell
    Jerry O'Dell
    5 maanden geleden

    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.

  60. Ja M
    Ja M
    6 maanden geleden

    So the ships are merely propaganda

  61. Ja M
    Ja M
    6 maanden geleden

    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

  62. John Deltuvia
    John Deltuvia
    6 maanden geleden

    Including the impoverished nation of... New York City?

  63. Joel Cairns
    Joel Cairns
    6 maanden geleden

    It's pronounced norfuk

  64. Andrea Mathison
    Andrea Mathison
    6 maanden geleden

    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!

  65. martin Rosenow
    martin Rosenow
    6 maanden geleden

    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

  66. M4CH 20
    M4CH 20
    6 maanden geleden

    When you get recovered in that ship you'll pay 10 Grand just for a bed

  67. kyle
    6 maanden geleden

    I saw one of these ships in Norfolk, Virginia

  68. EndCSline 0
    EndCSline 0
    6 maanden geleden

    want to hear a joke? US healthcare systems

  69. Tyei
    6 maanden geleden

    So this is what free health care could buy? Crazy

    1. Magaly Gomez
      Magaly Gomez
      3 maanden geleden

      Never gonna happen

  70. CS Anton
    CS Anton
    6 maanden geleden

    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

  71. matt0chew
    6 maanden geleden

    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.

  72. StrokeMahEgo
    6 maanden geleden

    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

  73. Titanic 1912
    Titanic 1912
    6 maanden geleden

    I came here for britannic

  74. Griffin Noname
    Griffin Noname
    6 maanden geleden

    What if we used this for Covid

  75. Rumia
    6 maanden geleden

    Mercy was recently in CA.

  76. Speedbird 118
    Speedbird 118
    7 maanden geleden

    You forgot the British hospital ships that aren't proper hospital ships because guns.

  77. a human
    a human
    7 maanden geleden

    Do the soldiers go into debt from the hospital bills afterwards?

  78. Aliya Z
    Aliya Z
    7 maanden geleden

    Comfort didnt do her job during COVID... wayy tooo late in the game did the ship start accepting actual covid patients....

  79. The More You Know
    The More You Know
    7 maanden geleden

    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

  80. TheSpartan451
    7 maanden geleden

    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

  81. Speedster14 5
    Speedster14 5
    7 maanden geleden

    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

  82. Victoria G
    Victoria G
    8 maanden geleden

    Do you love transportation?

  83. 9A-RAMA
    8 maanden geleden

    so it apply the same rule as a war medic's a ship

  84. Loosey Goosey
    Loosey Goosey
    8 maanden geleden

    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.

  85. Aayan Agarwal
    Aayan Agarwal
    8 maanden geleden

    US's military healthcare system is better than US's .. Priorities

    1. Blunt .Cabbage
      Blunt .Cabbage
      7 maanden geleden

      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.

  86. hstiehda
    8 maanden geleden

    Those ships have got to be haunted

  87. Hyper Dog456
    Hyper Dog456
    8 maanden geleden

    America waste so much money on their navy, like seriously who needs 11 carriers in peace time

    1. Blunt .Cabbage
      Blunt .Cabbage
      7 maanden geleden

      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.

    2. Loosey Goosey
      Loosey Goosey
      8 maanden geleden

      11 carriers is the reason there is peace time

  88. KMS Tirpitz
    KMS Tirpitz
    8 maanden geleden

    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.

    1. Blunt .Cabbage
      Blunt .Cabbage
      7 maanden geleden

      History isn't written by the victors, this fallacy has been debunked for ages.

  89. Andrea Mathison
    Andrea Mathison
    8 maanden geleden

    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.

  90. MrFuzzyPants
    8 maanden geleden

    Wendover making a video with hospitals: time for the 6:07 clip

  91. TheJespah
    8 maanden geleden

    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

  92. coudi
    8 maanden geleden

    1:53 lol i didn't even know my country operates hospital ships

  93. Smith 53
    Smith 53
    8 maanden geleden

    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 ?

  94. Magma Fang
    Magma Fang
    8 maanden geleden

    Can't you use them for cover when battleships r fired on

  95. hemant kumar
    hemant kumar
    8 maanden geleden

    They have vinci robot on ship .omg

  96. Zac the Dad
    Zac the Dad
    8 maanden geleden

    Nuh, it doesn't work

  97. hawky225
    8 maanden geleden

    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).

  98. Thebluernemace
    8 maanden geleden

    Sam: *shows hospital ship* Hospital ship: *not britannic* Me: *displeased*

  99. mR. rYaN
    mR. rYaN
    8 maanden geleden

    Can we ask this guy to use Knots instead of standard Units?

  100. Kevin Neilson
    Kevin Neilson
    8 maanden geleden

    The irony here..... is it lost on anyone? No? Military being infinitely more important than actual healthcare in the US? It's just sickening....