The U.S. Navy Wants a New 'Ambulance Ship'

The Austal USA EPF medical concept would accommodate a MV-22 Osprey. AUSTAL USA Image

Popular Mechanics: The U.S. Navy Wants a New 'Ambulance Ship' to Treat War Wounded

The ship, the first of its kind, would treat war wounded that didn’t need to be evacuated out of theater.

The United States Navy wants a new “ambulance” ship that would have just enough medical facilities to treat lightly or moderately injured troops. The service included a funding request to convert an expeditionary fast transport ship typically used to move troops and equipment around to instead harbor medical facilities and personnel.

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Update: Navy’s $3.2B Unfunded List Includes Asks for Attack Boat Repair Money, ‘Ambulance’ Vessel (USNI News)

WNU Editor: Cheaper than a hospital ship, and very practical.

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