U.S. Navy sends ships

CNN reports the mobilization of U.S. Navy ships[*1] to assist in the recovery effort. The USS Bataan was allocated a couple of days ago[*2] .

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.