World's Air Force Delivers Aid

37 Countries and Counting

13 November 2013
(Updated Daily)

JSDF Arrives in Manila
A Boeing KC 767-200ER Japanese Self Defense Force Plane (87-3601) landed at 4:40 pm in Manila Airport today bringing another 40 Self-Defense Forces emergency relief team (JDR) to help in rescue and relief operations for victims of typhoon Yolanda.  A team of 25 people, mainly medical workers, left for Tacloban on Monday. The JSDF members are expected to conduct mostly medical assistance in the Philippines.

Singapore delivers Aid to Tacloban

The Singapore Armed Forces sent S$120,000 worth of relief supplies, which includes tents, groundsheets, medical supplies, and blankets, to the Philippines on board C-130 plane that also evacuated civilians from Tacloban to Manila before returning to Singapore. The Singaporean C-130 forms part of a multi-national pool of transport aircraft that will help in the internal aid distribution to typhoon-ravaged areas of the Philippines.

IAF arrives Mactan Cebu  
Indonesian Air Force members unload boxes of relief aid inside a Hercules C-130 plane from Halim Perdana Kusumah Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia to Mactan Cebu International Airport this afternoon (EPA)

RMAF Also arrives in Mactan
Royal Malaysian Air Force send aid on board two C-130aircraft from Subang, Malaysia. The Malaysian C-130 forms part of a multi-national pool of transport aircraft that will help in the internal aid distribution to typhoon-ravaged areas of the Philippines.
Thailand delivers Aid

 Taiwan helps Too!
Two ROC C-130 planes carrying 15 tons of relief goods and nongovernmental organizations personnel landed at Mactan Cebu International airport this afternoon from an air force base in northern Taiwan’s Hsinchu for international relief mission. Ministry of National Defense spokesman Luo Shou-he said Further logistic assistance will be provided to the Philippines if necessary. Its Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao said the ROC government has donated US$200,000for the relief efforts.
RAAF C-17's to provide logistics operations
Australia donated 10 million US dollars worth of aid and brings Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster and a C-130J Hercules to the Philippines transporting Australian Medical Assistance Team (AusMat) from Darwin. Defence Senator David Johnston said the two heavy lift aircraft carried the civilian medical team and 22 tonnes of associated equipment to Mactan Airport in Cebu and will provide logistic support assistance via RAAF Mobile Air Load Team (MALT), an Aircraft Security Operations Team and Aeromedical Evacuation specialists. Johnson said these personnel will be responsible for enabling the delivery of the medical specialists and their equipment to Tacloban.

German Contingent at Mactan
Helpers of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief prepare the equipment of the service for the further transport into the catastrophe area in the Philippines in Cebu, Philippines, 15 November 2013. Photo by: Kai-Uwe Wärner/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Image

Sweden helps
The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSB, together with its International Humanitarian Partnership, IHP, partners sent equipment to support the UN disaster relief work in the Philippines. The contingent arrived Wednesday, November 13 in Cebu.

UK Response
United Kingdom's Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening and Station Commander Steve Lushington look at emergency supplies including JCB diggers and Land Rovers loaded on board RAF C-17 transport plane at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire before the supplies head to Cebu in the Philippines to help aid the relief effort following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Picture date: Friday November 15, 2013. See PA story WEATHER Typhoon. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire URN:18211381 (Press Association via AP Images)
The RAF C-17 was carrying two JCB diggers, two Land Rovers and a forklift truck emblazoned with stickers reading "UK aid from the British people", landed in Cebu province on Saturday morning, November 16. They were ready and up and running Sunday providing more muscle to relief logistics at Mactan Airport. Prime Minister David Cameron said the British Government has raised £50m for aid in the Philippines. Donations by the British public to the Disasters Emergency Committee's typhoon appeal have reached £33m.

NZDF Delivers Aid from the Kiwis

A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) C-130 aircraft arrived in the Philippines Friday, November 15, bringing 5.6 tonnes of aid and disaster relief supplies.

The aircraft returned to Darwin on Saturday to pick up a further four tonnes of emergency supplies including tents, tarpaulins, water containers and face masks, before returning to Mactan and assist with internal aid distribution.

Steve Thornley leads the 24-member Kiwi delegation that has been deployed by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

Thornley said the aircraft will form part of a multi-national pool of transport aircraft that will help deliver aid to the typhoon-ravaged areas of the Philippines. It will operate out of the logistics hub that has been set up at the Cebu international airport in the central Philippines.

New Zealand Government pledged $2.15 million for disaster relief efforts.

Canada's DART in charge of Panay Island

Canada dispatched a Bombardier CC-144 Challenger jet with an advanced assessment team comprising the Department of National Defence and Canadian air force personnel. It was followed by two Boeing C-17 aircraft carrying 200 of the country's disaster assistance response team (DART).

Israeli Defense Force

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) left for the Philippines Tuesday with 150 medical and trauma personnel and 10 tons of relief goods onto a 6,000-mile El Al Airlines flight to Cebu. They took charge of Bogo town and set up a remote hospital in the northernmost part of Cebu that was hardly hit by the typhoon. The chosen soldiers include doctors, nurses, paramedics, X-ray and laboratory specialists, and search-and-rescue personnel.

South Korean Delivers Aid
South Korea sent two military C-130 cargo planes loaded with relief goods as it leaves Thursday, November 14 for Tacloban airport in central Philippines for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. It also delivered aids to Iloilo airport.

The Unites States Armada Takes Guiuan
The Philippine government has opened Guiuan to the United States of American as relief base supported by George Washington carrier fleet. In a statement, the US Defence department said that five KC-130 and four Bell Boeing MV-22 Ospreys operated by the US marines have delivered 107,000lb of relief supplies to the Philippines Wednesday. By Friday two more KC-130 will be added for logistics operations and three more by Monday for a total of ten KC-130.

Four more additional MV-22B Ospreys have been deployed Friday and another four will arrive Monday, November 18, from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, to support Operation Damayan, a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation in the Philippines. The additional Ospreys, which bring the total to twelve for this deployment, will assist the U.S. Marines and sailors from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force’s 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade who already had deployed to Leyte Province. There are 400 US troops helping in the relief effort and 1000 more are coming by weekend.


  1. Countries misunderstanding has no room here now. Israel Iran, USA, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hongkong and many more came with one objective. Unite to help the people devastated by this calamity. God's one way to make us one

  2. Thanks for your nice blog work. These pictures are helpful for people in Manila that are tasked to monitor and document the relief flights but are hampered by communications limitations with the airports in Leyte and Samar. However you were able to compile these pictures, keep up the good work.