In the sea-base concept, the large-deck amphibious assault ships within the expeditionary strike groups (ESGs), of the LHA and LHD types, and presumably the forthcoming LHA replacement, the LHA(R), with Level II medical facilities and limited surgical capabilities for stabilizing injuries, will no doubt be the designated "casualty receiving
and treatment ships" Heretofore they have carried a standard Fleet Surgical Team augmentation of one general surgeon, an anesthesia provider, and other contingency medical and nursing augmentees.
He was stationed on the primary casualty receiving
ship, which travelled around the Gulf in the front line, for four months from January to April last year.
staff nurse, LTJG Karen Ritchie, said some of the specialty surgical care Comfort has used includes orthopedics, cardiology and neurology.
One tent would house a casualty receiving
and resuscitation area.
Today the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus performs a medical role but is designated a "primary casualty receiving
Similarly, the usefulness of the casualty receiving
and treatment facilities aboard the large-deck multipurpose, amphibious assault ships of the LHA/LHD types may be compromised, since these vessels will inevitably have operational missions conflicting with casualty retrieval.