U.S. Continues to Support Philippine Disaster Relief in Typhoon Frank Aftermath
U.S. Embassy Manila
080701-N-0640K-154 BALASAN, Philippines (July 1, 2008) Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class Jeremy Thomas, a native of Warren, Ohio, carries supplies to local citizens of Balasan, Philippines. Thomas is a helicopter crewman with the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and has been flying missions to the island delivering food and water in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. The region was hard-hit by Typhoon Fengshen and the "Black Knights" have been flying seven straight days delivering much needed supplies to remote locations on the island.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer S. Kimball
June 27, 2008
Since its June 25 arrival in the Sulu Sea, the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier group has supported Philippine disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Frank (Fengshen). In direct coordination with Philippine and provincial government officials, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) and the Philippine National Red Cross, U.S. military personnel are supporting immediate rescue, recovery, and disaster relief efforts being carried out by Philippine authorities.
Said U.S. Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney, “As President Bush said, friends help friends in a time of need and because of the strength of our friendship and partnership, U.S. and Philippine officials on the ground in Iloilo City were able to quickly mobilize a joint disaster relief effort.”
Seven U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopters from USS Ronald Reagan, USS Howard and USS Thach have been working around the clock in partnership with the AFP, the NDCC and provincial government leaders to transport and deliver potable water and food supplies to the hardest hit areas in the Visayan region including the provinces of Iloilo, Aklan, and Antique on Panay Island and the North and South Gigante Islands. Over 28,000 bottles of water, 10,000 pounds of rice, and many other non-perishable food items have been delivered with operations continuing in the coming days. Also, U.S. military engineering teams are working with their Philippine counterparts to restore electrical power in particular at major hospitals in the Iloilo region.
080629-N-4046L-003 PANAY ISLAND, Philippines (June 29, 2008) U.S. Navy aircrewmen assigned to the "Scorpions" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49 embarked aboard the San Diego-based guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 46) deliver relief supplies Sunday, June 29, 2008 to victims of Typhoon Fengshen on Panay Island in the Philippines. Thach is assigned to the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group which is working at the request of the Philippine government to help provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to victims of Typhoon Fengshen.
U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Scott Lippincott
In addition to the PhP 4 million ($100,000) worth of essential relief goods donated through the Philippine National Red Cross, the office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (ofDA) of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is sending a chartered aircraft to arrive June 29 with relief supplies, worth PhP 28.6 million ($650,000), sufficient for 20,000 beneficiaries.