Hospital Ship Returns To The US

Hospital Ship

Hospital ship returns to San Diego after treating tsunami victims

A hospital ship that treated thousands of tsunami victims has returned to its base in California.

The USNS Mercy docked yesterday at Naval Station San Diego to the cheers of families waving signs and balloons.

The ship left port on January fifth and arrived in February in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, one of the areas hit hard by the tsunami.  The first ten days of the mission, the ship saw nonstop orthopedic surgeries on injuries that had gone untreated for a month and a half.

By March, the military and civilian medical staff had treated 95-hundred survivors.

The ship left Banda Aceh in March but was soon called back by the Indonesian government following an earthquake off Nias Island.