14 November 2013
An RNZAF C-130 Hercules is loaded with emergency supplies at Base Whenuapai this morning.
An RNZAF C-130 left Whenuapai this morning carrying emergency supplies for the people of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
The Hercules is carrying much-needed equipment such as water containers, generators, tarpaulins and chainsaws, and a 24-person 40 Sqn detachment to support the aircraft's deployment to the region.
Once in the Philippines the C-130 will add to the pool of air transport aircraft helping to deliver aid around the region operating out of the logistics hub that has been set up at Cebu airport.
Detachment commander Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Steve Thornley said that the C-130 and accompanying team would be focused on getting relief supplies to where they are needed most.
"That's what we'll be doing - moving the freight to the people who need it," he said.
"Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) is an important task for the NZDF. We have a team of highly motivated people deploying; we train for this and it's great to be able to do something to help."
The NZ Government response is being coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For more information, please contact the Defence Communications Group on 021 487 980.