Contributed by: filbert Wednesday, August 31 2005 @ 08:02 AM CST
Several other ships, including a rescue and salvage vessel and the USS Iwo Jima, another amphibious assault ship, are on their way from Norfolk, Virginia, the Navy said.
The USNS Comfort, a floating hospital based in Baltimore, Maryland, will depart in coming days. A medical crew from Bethesda Naval Hospital will staff the ship. It has full hospital capabilities, including operating rooms and hundreds of beds.
CNN reports on-air that the carrier USS John F. Kennedy may also be added to the relief effort.