As the seagoing platform for the COH mission, we have chosen the recently decommissioned USS Nassau. The Nassau represents a truly unique opportunity for COH to drastically improve humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions around the globe.
The former amphibious assault ship is capable of carrying more than of 3,000 personnel, and is equipped with a 300-bed hospital, four medical rooms and three dental operating rooms. The Nassau has all of the capabilities of a full-service aircraft carrier, and its existing cargo areas are capable transporting more than 35 helicopter aircraft, heavy construction equipment, industrial trucks, cranes and critical humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies.
The ship also features an extensive amphibious landing craft capability that will enable its crew to provide aid and relief whenever and wherever it is needed. Additionally, its world-class hospital component is equipped with 17 intensive care unit beds and a 1,000-unit blood bank. It also boasts orthopedics, trauma, general surgery, and x-ray capabilities.