Nov 13, 2013

Four MV-22B Ospreys depart Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 12 to support U.S. government humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in the Philippines, officially named Operation Damayan, meaning “help in time of need” in Tagalog. To date, there are approximately 250 U.S. personnel, led by 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, III Marine Expeditionary Force, in support of Operation Damayan. The MV-22s and KC-130s have delivered 129,000 pounds of relief supplies – food, water and other emergency supplies – provided by the Philippine government and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The aircraft have also transported more than 160 displaced people from the Tacloban area and more than 140 relief and aid workers around the Philippines. This deployment will make eight Ospreys assigned to support relief efforts in the Philippines. The Ospreys are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III MEF.

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