Military Airlifts Supplies, Displaced People in Philippines
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific News Release
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2013 U.S. military assets have delivered approximately 623,000 pounds of relief supplies provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development since the start of Operation Damayan, the relief effort in support of the government of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.
Displaced people of the Philippines and international personnel prepare for takeoff inside a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Damayan from Tacloban Air Base to Manila, Nov. 15, 2013. The aircraft is assigned to the 535th Air Lift Squadron from Hickam Field, Honolulu. The 3rd Marine Expeditionary Unit is supporting the Philippine armed forces in providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief to areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jonathan Wright
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In addition to the delivery of relief supplies, U.S. military aircraft have logged nearly 480 flight hours in 186 aircraft sorties, moved nearly 1,200 relief workers into Tacloban and have airlifted nearly 2,900 displaced people from the affected areas to date.
Over the last 24 hours, more than 118 tons of food, water and shelter items have been delivered to Tacloban, Borongan and Guiuan -- some of the hardest-hit regions.
A joint contingent of more than 600 U.S. military personnel is currently ashore in the Philippines; the USS George Washington Strike Group has more than 6,200 sailors supporting air operations. An additional 1,000 Marines and sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are expected to arrive in approximately five days.
At the request of the government of the Philippines, international military forces in the region are also ramping up their support. Australia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan are currently providing aircraft and/or medical personnel to assist in the relief operations.
Similar military support from Brunei, Great Britain, New Zealand and Thailand is also expected.