“The DoD and U.S. Government extend our deepest condolences for the devastation and loss of life caused by Typhoon Bopha in the southern Philippines. The U.S. continues to work hand in hand with the government of the Philippines and non-governmental organizations to assure assistance is reaching those in need in the most typhoon-ravaged areas.
“On December 17, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) reported all DoD humanitarian assistance and military-to-military search and rescue assistance has been completed in the southeastern Philippines following Typhoon Bopha. U.S. forces provided planning, coordination, personnel, water purification teams, and aircraft assets that flew 24 sorties to deliver 756,800 pounds of relief supplies, flew 56 hours in support of search and rescue operations and provided 60 hours of search and rescue coverage. PACOM forces are returning back to their home stations or are proceeding to follow-on taskings.”