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This is the third USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) which is the lead ship of her class of hospital ships in non-commissioned service with the United States Navy. Her sister ship is the USNS Comfort (T-AH-20). She was named for the virtue of compassion. In accordance with the Geneva Conventions, USNS Mercy and her crew do not carry any offensive weapons, though defensive weapons are available. Firing upon the Mercy would be considered a war crime. Mercy was built as an oil tanker, SS Worth, by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, in 1976. Starting in July 1984, she was renamed and converted to a hospital ship by the same company. Launched on 20 July 1985, USNS Mercy was placed in service on 8 November 1986. She has a raised forecastle, a transom stern, a bulbous bow, an extended deckhouse with a forward bridge, and a helicopter-landing deck with a flight control facility. The Mercy class hospital ships are the third largest ships in the U.S. Navy Fleet by length, surpassed only by the nuclear-powered Nimitz-class and Gerald R. Ford-class supercarriers. Hospital Ship, Mercy, Hospital, Medical, Disaster Relief, US Navy, Maritime, Mariner, San Diego, California, Architecture Building Exterior Built Structure City Commercial Dock Day Harbor Moored Nautical Vessel No People Outdoors Sailing Ship Sea Sky Transportation Water Waterfront