U.S. Navy Provides Life-Saving Care after Disasters

Military, civilian surgeons deploy together to treat patients

Jennie McKee

U.S. Navy medical ships were vital centers for disaster relief efforts after the devastating earthquakes that struck Indonesia in 2004 and 2005. Medical staff aboard these vessels also provided care to those affected by the massive earthquake that rocked Haiti in 2010. With many land-based hospitals out of commission, the medical facilities and staff members aboard these ships were key in saving the lives of critically injured patients in the aftermath of these disasters.

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