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USNS COMFORT in New York City After 9/11

Following the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) sailed to New York City. USNS COMFORT served the police officers, firefighters, other first responders, and volunteers who were working at Ground Zero in the weeks following the attack. Onboard, individuals could get a hot meal, a place to rest, medical attention, and mental health counseling. USNS COMFORT left Baltimore Harbor on 12 September 2001 and arrived in New York City on 14 September. USNS COMFORT was in New York City for approximately three weeks. 

The photos in this gallery were taken onboard USNS COMFORT beginning on 12 September 2001. They were chosen to illustrate USNS COMFORT and the U.S. Navy's participation in the response to the attacks on 11 September 2001.  All of these photos are part of Navy Archives collection AR/643.

These photos are in the public domain.  We ask that any use of an image or images properly credit the source:

Folder 7, Box 3, AR/643 DET 206: Documenting the U.S. Navy in New York City After 9/11, Navy Archives, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, D.C.

The oral history of CDR Terrence Dwyer, who was Head of Medical Services onboard USNS COMFORT at the time of the attacks, provides a good timeline and summary of USNS COMFORT's mission in New York City.