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Over the weekend, an RAF C-17 Globemaster delivered further emergency supplies to the Philippine islands in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
RAF aircraft are continuing to fly missions to deliver much-needed humanitarian aid from the Department for International Development around the islands, with the C-17 landing at Cebu Airport at 5pm local time (9am GMT) on Saturday, 23 November 2013.
The UK’s International Development Secretary, Justine Greening, flew from Malaysia to Cebu with the C-17 crew and was on-hand to observe the delivery of the vital equipment to enable relief efforts.
The loads delivered so far by the C-17 and the C-130 Hercules aircraft include 4x4 vehicles, forklift trucks and diggers, as well as life-saving supplies such as temporary shelters, blankets and water purification tablets.
The C-17’s ability to fly long distances and land in remote regions makes it a premier transporter for military, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions, while the Hercules can use short runways and unload at locations without cargo-handling equipment. In the Philippines, this means it can move significant quantities of aid from Cebu to small, basic airfields.