Saddam Hussein also lashed out at inspectors in a television address to mark Army Day, saying that they were carrying out ‘pure intelligence work,’ under the guise of seeking weapons of mass destruction. Like the US, he said that there was still a chance of a peaceful outcome to the conflict, but urged: ‘Otherwise, smite them [the aggressors] with your wrath.’ The US and UK continue their military build-up in the Gulf ahead of potential military action, with the British press reporting on 5 January that 20,000 UK troops are due to be sent to the region and 7,000 reservists called up within the coming days. On 6 January, the huge US Navy hospital ship USNSF Comfort set sail from Baltimore, thought to be bound for Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.