Repair Comfort. Decommission War.

This past weekend, when it was markedly warmer here in Boston, the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy was in Boston Harbor prior to being decommissioned (links to lots of photos are available through the most-excellent Boston Blog site Universal Hub).

Now, I’m not big on war, as you may have gathered here. But there is something about seeing a really, really big ship. Maybe it’s just coded for on my Y chromosome. I caught a glimpse of the ship coming into Boston Harbor as I drove home across the Tobin Bridge on Friday morning, and so on Sunday I figured I’d scooter on out there and have a look myself. I wasn’t about to stand in the 5-hour-long line, but I figured I’d snap a picture or two, which I did:


What was much more interesting to me was to see that the U.S.N.S. Comfort, the navy’s “floating hospital” ship, was also here to be worked on. Let me tell you something: the U.S.S. Comfort was more impressive for it’s size. It’s huge. The pictures I took don’t do it justice. The ship is over 270 meters in length (that’s nearly 1/5 of a mile). Here are a couple of snapshots:


There’s a much better photo gallery of the Comfort available here. I rather like the juxtaposition: the hospital ship is in for repairs so that it could continue to serve. The warship was being decommissioned and is going to be mothballed (which I overheard from a navy officer as I was walking to take pictures).