Route to Recovery

The staff and crew of USNS Mercy, a U.S. Navy hospital ship, administered medical care to thousands of victims as part of the humanitarian relief mission, Operation Unified Assistance, immediately following the 2004 earthquake and tsunami. A year later, the ship returned to Aceh to conduct follow-up medical exams for disease, dehydration, and malnutrition.

Photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erika N. Jones