27 military vessels, 12 aircraft ready for HADR missions

“The Philippine Navy leadership already initiated a warning and alert order to its Naval Operation Support Units to prepare the necessary assets and personnel for a proactive response in order to alleviate and address possible damages and losses that will be brought about by the incoming typhoon,” says Navy public affairs office chief Lt. Cmdr. Marineth Domingo.

Twenty-seven Philippine Navy vessels are already on stand-by to provide quick action in case the need arises with regards to effects of Typhoon Hagupit, locally named as Ruby.

“Further, the PN is in closed coordination with the local government units, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to ensure a consolidated effort to effectively address this incoming weather disturbance,” Domingo added.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Air Force also pre-positions twelve military aircraft for possible humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) missions. These aircraft include C-130 “Hercules” cargo planes, Fokker F-27 “Friendship”, W-3A “Sokol” and UH-IH “Huey” II helicopters.