A hospital ship is a ship designated for primary function as a floating medical treatment facility or hospital. Most are operated by the military forces (mostly navies) of various countries, as they are intended to be used in or near war zones.
Although attacking a hospital ship is a war crime, belligerent navies have the right to board such ships for inspections.
Hospital ships possibly existed in ancient times. The Athenian Navy had a ship named Therapia, and the Roman Navy had a ship named Aesculapius, their names indicating that they may have been hospital ships.
It was only during the 17th century that it became customary for naval squadrons to be accompanied by special vessels with the job of taking in the wounded after each engagement. The first known such vessel was the HMS Goodwill, commissioned in 1608 for the Royal Navy. Hospital ships were also used for the treatment of wounded soldiers fighting on land. An early example of this was during an English operation to evacuate English Tangier in 1683. An account of this evacuation was written by Samuel Pepys, an eyewitness. One of the main concerns was the evacuation of sick soldiers "and the many families and their effects to be brought off". The hospital ship Unity and Welcome sailed for England on 18 October 1683 with 114 invalid soldiers and 104 women and children, arriving at The Downs on 14 December 1683.
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — An electrical fire aboard a guided-missile destroyer sent a dozen sailors to the hospital Friday, and damage to the ship is still being assessed, according to the Navy... Naval Hospital Yokosuka for evaluation, and seven were discharged that day in good condition, he said.
Besides harvesting oceanographic and geophysical data for defence and civil applications, the ship in its secondary role will provide limited defence and function as hospital ship during war and emergencies ... The ship is capable of achieving speeds in excess of 18 knots as it is powered by two diesel engines.
The INS Sandhayak is reincarnation of another ship by the same name which was also a survey vessel ... The ship was also built by GRSE ... “These ships can also carry a helicopter each, participate in low-intensity combat and function as hospital ships.
"Captain Sandy and her sister Michelle, co-Godmothering Celebrity Ascent, add another, and more personal dimension, to this already extraordinary ship. Their connection, combined with the brotherly bond of the ship's captains, exemplifies the sense of welcome and warm hospitality we strive for on every cruise.".
The Naval Act of 1916 ordered the construction of “10 battleships, six battle cruisers, 10 scout cruisers, 50 destroyers, 15 fleet submarines, 85 coast submarines, four gunboats, one hospital ship, two ammunition ships, two fuel oil ships, and one repair ship” in just five years, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
Tommy Bahama opened its first hotel in Palm Springs, California with the intention of expanding this new hospitality arm ...Lowe's subsidiary CoralTree Hospitality now manages the hotel ... Tommy Bahama’s trajectory harkens back to another retailer-turned-hospitality giant.
The slaughter by Hamas in Israel and the resulting slaughter in Gaza are barbaric and heart breaking and the situation changes daily. Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu has indicated his government will not consider a cease-fire in its invasion of Gaza ... It is happening, though not fast enough ... 1 ... 2 ... Field hospitals and hospital ships offshore, plus U.N.
The Italian premier told Erdogan about Rome’s humanitarian aid sent to Gaza via Egypt, specifically the arrival of the Vulcano ship for the treatment of minor patients from Gaza and on the team of doctors supporting Emirati hospitals ... - ... The leaders discussed Türkiye-Uzbekistan relations and regional development, it said ... 12. .
As part of a drive to help civilians wounded by the Israel-Hamas war, Italy has already shipped humanitarian materials to the region aboard two planes and a navy hospital ship is expected to dock in the Egyptian port of Al Arish on December 3.
ColinBlake, from Cramlington, Northumberland, revealed that pus oozed from his purple foot in a hospital in France before one spider tried to eat its way out ...Terrified, he rushed to the ship's doctor and found that a Peruvian wolf spider had bitten him and laid eggs in his toe ... Colin's toe as he lies in hospital in France.
... to hospitals, schools and shelter centers. The "GazaShip" will depart from Turkish ports towards the Egyptian port of Al-Arish before mid-December and aims to fill the severe shortage in medical and food supplies and shelter, Al-Thuwaini added.