How the USNS Comfort Helps Fight COVID-19

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USNS Comfort (Science Channel)

"Mega Machines: Sea Giants" is a Science Channel series about cutting-edge ocean technology. The latest episode, called "U.S. Navy Mega Hospital," features the USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) and is set to air Wednesday, April 15, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The Comfort is one of the world's biggest Navy hospital ships, and it's currently on the front lines of the COVID-19 epidemic, providing support to the medical community in New York City.

We've got a first-look clip from the series below.

Novel coronavirus patients are being treated aboard the 1,000-bed ship, providing support for a strained medical system, alongside the city's Javits Convention Center, which can house up to 2,500 patients.

Related: Trump OKs Request to Put Coronavirus Patients Aboard Navy Hospital Ship

As with all things related to the pandemic, this is a fast-moving story. According to the New York Post, the ship is currently home to 69 COVID-19 patients. The ship had to cut its potential capacity in half after a crew member tested positive for the disease.

Launched in 1976 as an oil tanker, the ship became a Navy hospital ship in 1987 and has since notably been deployed for both Iraq wars and for the response to Hurricanes Katrina and Maria.

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