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Military, USAID continue relief efforts in Philippines

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November 21, 2013 | Across DoD
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Navy hospital corpsman Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric Chiarito and Marine Corps Sgt. Jonathan Thornton load supplies onto a forklift at Tacloban Air Base in the Philippines in support of Operation Damayan, Nov. 14. (Photo by MC3 Ricardo Guzman, USS George Washington (CVN 73))
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Philippine citizens gather around an MH-60S Seahawk from the “Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 as it delivers relief supplies in support of Operation Damayan Sunday. (Photo by MC3 Peter Burghart, USS George Washington (CVN 73))
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Sailors from the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), alongside Marines and Filipino civilians, help unload supplies from an HC-130 Hercules from Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172 in support of Operation Damayan Saturday. The George Washington Strike Group is supporting the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade to assist the Philippine government in response to the aftermath of the Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Republic of the Philippines. (Photo by MC3 Peter Burghart, USS George Washington (CVN 73))
WASHINGTON - U.S. military assets have, as of Sunday morning, delivered approximately 655,000 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.

The duration and extent of U.S. military support will depend on the request from the government of the Philippines. American forces will be present as long as they are needed, but no longer than required.

In addition to the delivery of relief supplies, U.S. military aircraft have, to date, logged nearly 650 flight hours, moved nearly 1,200 relief workers into Tacloban and have airlifted nearly 4,900 survivors from typhoon-impacted areas.

Over the last 24 hours, more than 66,000 pounds of food, water and shelter items have been delivered to Tacloban, Borongan and Guiuan – some of the hardest-hit regions.

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.

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, is coordinating efforts by Marine forces in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility and working with the Philippine government to rapidly deliver humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the areas the Philippine government deems most in need. The U.S.-Philippines visiting forces agreement helped facilitate the speed of this response.

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific’s ability to coordinate with all available Defense Department resources in PACOM’s area of responsibility to respond rapidly to the Philippine government’s request reaffirms the value of the close cooperation the two nations share.

The people of the Philippines are responding to the typhoon’s impact with characteristic resilience, aided by the effective measures their government took to help prepare them for the storm.

In the immediate aftermath of the typhoon, the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade deployed a humanitarian assistance survey team to conduct assessments of impacted areas.
 
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