U.S. NAVY, AFP, WORK HAND IN HAND TO DELIVER SUPPLIES


US Navy, Armed Forces of the Philippines Deliver Supplies to Typhoon-Ravaged Areas

080626-N-4009P-556 PHILIPPINES (June 26, 2008) Lt. Col. Oscar Lasangue, the civil relations commander of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Central Command, left, and Capt. Thomas P. Lalor, deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, discuss the flight route for the delivery of food and water from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to devastated areas in the Republic of the Philippines caused by Typhoon Fengshen. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, Ronald Reagan is off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Ronald Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Painter
By Lt. Ron Flanders, Carrier Strike Group 7 Public Affairs

ILOILO, Republic of the Philippines (NNS) -- Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and other supporting ships teamed with their counterparts from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to deliver much-needed relief supplies to the victims of Typhoon Fengshen on the island of Panay June 26.

HH-60H Seahawk and SH-60F Seahawk helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4, embarked aboard Ronald Reagan; SH-60B Seahawk helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) 43, embarked aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83); and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) 37; embarked aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) made 19 relief sorties to deliver food and bottled water to areas most affected by the storm.

"We're assisting the Armed Forces of the Philippines in helping deliver these critical supplies to the people of Panay," said Rear Adm. Phil Wisecup, commander of the Navy ships.

Inside the helicopters, Navy air crews paired with AFP officers and civilian government officials to make the deliveries. AFP officers embarked Reagan to help direct the effort.

"We're all connected," said Lt. Cmdr Rolo Garces, a pilot from HSL-43 who flew one of the relief missions off Howard. "I have kids, so even in a part of the world I've never seen before, I'm really touched.


080626-N-4046L-001 PANAY ISLAND, Philippines (June 26, 2008) Air crew deployed from the San Diego based frigate USS Thach (FFG 46), work with the Philippine military and local population to deliver much-needed supplies. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Seven 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
"I'm proud to work with the [AFP] on this mission."

For the second consecutive day, a Philippine Air Force (PAF) C-130 cargo plane loaded with food and other supplies arrived at Iloilo's Cabatuan airport. In addition, two C-2A Greyhound cargo planes from Ronald Reagan arrived, loaded with water and rice.

During the course of two days, the carrier has provided 28,128 20-ounce bottles of water and 9,060 pounds of rice for the effort. U.S. and AFP personnel loaded the supplies onto the helicopters for rapid delivery to storm victims.

"The helicopters are moving," said Brig. Gen. Jorge Segovia, deputy assistant chief of staff [operations] for the AFP. "They are flying, and we're good to go."

According to Wisecup, the relief flights will continue as supplies arrive from Ronald Reagan, the Philippine government and relief organizations.

"We're here as long as the government of the Philippines continues to request this support," said Wisecup. "The Filipino people are our friends, and we're trying to reduce their suffering,"


U.S. NAVY - 080627-N-0640K-578 ILOILO, Philippines (June 27, 2008) Service members assigned to the Philippine Army load an SH-60 Seahawk assigned to the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 with boxes of food at Iloilo Airport. The U.S. Navy and the Philippine Army and Air Force have been working side by side during disaster relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen (locally designated Typhoon Frank). At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Ronald Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer S. Kimball



080701-N-5961C-011 BALASAN, Philippines (July 1, 2008) Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class Anthony Chavez, a native of San Bernardino, Calif., works with a soldier from the Armed forces of the Philippines to move relief supplies to a school on the Panay Island. Chavez is a member of the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 and has been flying humanitarian missions into the island in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. Chavez is and is deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call


U.S. NAVY - 080630-N-5961C-014 ILOILO, Philippines (June 30, 2008) A soldier from the Armed Forces of the Philippines carries a 100-pound bag of rice to a helicopter assigned to the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 to be delivered with other food and water to the village of Altavas on the Philippine Island of Panay. Aircrews assigned to the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group have been assisting disaster relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen for more than six days.
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call

U.S. 7TH FLEET - 080630-N-5961C-014-h ILOILO, Philippines (June 30, 2008) -- Teamwork gets it done at Iloilo Airport. Philippine Army Soldiers continue to work hard alongside Sailors from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 delivering food and water to remote locations on the island of Panay. The Soldier is loading a 100 pound sack of rice to be dropped off in the remote village of Altavas. The island was hit hard by Typhoon Fengshen and the Ronald Reagan carrier Group has been assisting for the past six days. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, USS Ronald Reagan is off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/NAC) Spike Call


080625-N-0640K-048-h ILOILO, Philippines (June 25, 2008) Sailors from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Group, Soldiers from the United States Army and servicemembers from the Armed Forces of Philippines unload cases of bottled water from an HH-60H Seahawk assigned to the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 at the Iloilo airport. The crew of Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 offloaded more than 12,000 bottles of water and 7,500 lbs. of rice. The Ronald Reagan Group is working in support of the government of the Republic of the Philippines to help provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to victims of Typhoon Fengshen. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Jennifer S. Kimball


080629-N-5961C-001 ILOILO, Philippines (June 29, 2008) Servicemen from both the Philippine Air Force and Army unload a C-130 aircraft of food and water for transfer to waiting U.S. helicopters, which will deliver to remote locations throughout Panay Island. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and elements of her Carrier Strike Group (CSG) are off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call


080628-N-0640K-031 PANAY ISLAND, Philippines (June 28, 2008) Members of the Armed Forces of the Phillipines (AFP) load an HH-60H Seahawk assigned to the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 with boxes of food at Iloilo Airport. The U.S. Navy and the AFP have been working side by side during disaster relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Ronald Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer S. Kimball

U.S. Embassy Manila: Helicopters deliver aid to the victims of Typhoon Frank. The immediate disaster relief aid deliveries were made possible by the arrival of the USS Ronald Reagan carrier group which ran round-the-clock helicopter runs as part of the joint U.S.-RP humanitarian relief effort. Over 320 sorties were flown and over half a million pounds of relief goods were distributed!


080627-N-3659B-259 ILOILO, Philippines (June 27, 2008) Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) work hand-in-hand with Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Sailors to unload supplies from an HH-60H Seahawk assigned to the "Black Eagles" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. Ronald Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac


080627-N-0640K-085 ILOILO, Philippines (June 27, 2008) Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 1st Class Brian Anderson, of Spartanburg, S.C., helps service members assigned to the Philippine Army load a C-2A Greyhound with supplies from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) at Iloilo Airport. The supplies will be transferred to Kalibo Airport to be distributed to those in need after the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, Ronald Reagan is off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Ronald Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer S. Kimball


080627-N-0640K-157 ILOILO, Philippines (June 27, 2008) Service members assigned to the Philippine Army and Sailors assigned to the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 load an SH-60 Seahawk with cases of water at Iloilo Airport. The U.S. Navy and the Philippine Army and Air Force have been working side by side during disaster relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Ronald Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Jennifer S. Kimball


080627-N-0640K-190 ILOILO, Philippines (June 27, 2008) Service members assigned to the Philippine Army load a C-2A Greyhound with supplies from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) at Iloilo Airport. The supplies will be transferred to Kalibo Airport to be distributed to those in need after the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, Ronald Reagan is off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Ronald Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer S. Kimball


080626-N-5961C-002 ILOILO, Philippines (June 26, 2008) A member of the Philippine Army carries bottled water to a waiting helicopter assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 at Iloilo airport. The U.S. Navy and the Philippine Army and Air Force have been working side by side during disaster relief in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Ronald Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call


080626-N-4046L-001 PANAY ISLAND, Philippines (June 26, 2008) Air crew deployed from the San Diego based frigate USS Thach (FFG 46), work with the Philippine military and local population to deliver much-needed supplies. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Seven 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


080701-N-5961C-015 ILOILO, Philippines (July 1, 2008) A service member with the Armed Forces of the Philippines sits with a U.S. Navy aircrew in the aft station of an SH-60F Seahawk assigned Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 during a humanitarian mission on the Philippine island of Panay. HS-4 is embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). 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.
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call


080701-N-5961C-013 ILOILO, Philippines (July 1, 2008) Soldiers with the Armed Forces of the Philippines aircrewmen assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 load relief supplies onto an SH-60F Seahawk to air-lift to a remote location. HS-4 is embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). 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.
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call


080626-N-5961C-011 KALIBO, Philippines (June 26, 2008) Servicemen of the Philippine Army stage themselves to transport bottled water to aircrafts assigned to the U.S. Navy and the Republic of the Philippines Air Force. The U.S. Navy and the Philippine Army and Air Force have been working side by side during disaster relief in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Ronald Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call


080701-N-5961C-008 ILOILO, Philippines (July 1, 2008) Servicemen from the Armed Forces of the Philippines rest after moving humanitarian supplies delivered by helicopters from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group. Filipino and U.S. service members are working to move supplies to remote areas in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen.
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call


080630-N-5961C-009 ILOILO, Philippines (June 30, 2008) Lt. Brandon Sheets, right, carries a 100-pound sack of rice while a soldier from the Armed Forces of the Philippines lends a hand trying to keep the bag closed. The rice will be delivered to the remote location of Binglusan on the island of Panay. Sheets, a native of Abilene, Texas, is a helicopter pilot 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 relief missions to remote areas on the island delivering food and water.
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call


080626-N-4009P-635 PHILIPPINES (June 26, 2008) Bottles of water transported from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) wait to be delivered to devastated areas in the Republic of the Philippines caused by Typhoon Fengshen after Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and U.S. Navy personnel unloaded it from an SH-60F Seahawk assigned to the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, Ronald Reagan is off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Ronald Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Painter


Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and U.S. sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Group unload the additional disaster relief supplies for over 20,000 beneficiaries that arrived on a chartered plane from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of the U.S. Agency for International Development on June 30 in response to the devastation caused by Typhoon Frank. AFP and U.S. military personnel conducted round-the-clock operations to deliver U.S. donated disaster relief supplies and other donated supplies to isolated villages throughout Panay Island.
U.S. Embassy photo


HH-60H DELIVERS PALLET OF SUPPLIES TO KALIBO

080629-N-5961C-011 KALIBO, Philippines (June 29, 2008) A HH-60H helicopter from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 delivers another pallet of bottled water from the deck of USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS 3) for delivery to the northern tip of Panay Island. Sailors from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) were flown out to assist in the vertical replenishment (VERTREP) and are working together with their Philippine counterparts to get water to the people affected by Typhoon Fengshen. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and elements of her Carrier Strike Group (CSG) are off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call

080626-N-5961C-008 KALIBO, Philippines (June 26, 2008) Servicemen from the United States Navy and the Philippine Army work together unloading much needed supplies for people suffering in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen at Kalibo Airport. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Ronald Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call

080629-N-5961C-012 KALIBO, Philippines (June 29, 2008) U.S. Navy and Philippine Army servicemen working together with their Philippine counterparts at the Kalibo Airport to get water and supplies to people affected by Typhoon Fengshen. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and elements of her Carrier Strike Group (CSG) are off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call

080629-N-5961C-014 KALIBO, Philippines (June 29, 2008) Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handler) 2nd Class William Sum unloads bottled water during relief efforts in wake of Typhoon Fengshen. Petty Officer Sum, a native of Panorama City, Calif., is assigned to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and is ashore at the Kalibo Airport directing U.S. helicopters arriving with supplies. At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and elements of her Carrier Strike Group (CSG) are off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call

080626-N-4009P-040 PHILIPPINES (June 26, 2008) Rear Adm. James P. Wisecup, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 7, center, Brig. Gen. Jorge Segovia, deputy assistant chief of staff for Operations of Armed Forces Philippines (AFP), right, and Capt. Thomas P. Lalor, deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, discuss the current relief efforts of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). At the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines, Ronald Reagan is off the coast of Panay Island providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. Ronald Reagan and other U.S. Navy ships are operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Painter


080702-N-3659B-231 ILOILO, Philippines (July 2, 2008) Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Brig. Gen. Jorge V. Segovia presents Rear Adm. James P. Wisecup, commander of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, with the AFP Disaster Response and Recovery ribbon for the carrier group's role in the combined recovery efforts between the U.S. Navy and the AFP in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac


080625-N-0640K-047-h ILOILO, Philippines (June 25, 2008) Ronald Reagan Carrier Group Commander, Rear Adm. James P. Wisecup, talks with officials from the Armed Forces of Philippines about what aid his carrier group can help provide. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Group is working in support of the government of the Republic of the Philippines to help provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to victims of Typhoon Fengshen. The carrier group is operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to promote peace, cooperation and stability. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Jennifer S. Kimball