After Typhoon Fengshen hit the island of Panay, Philippines, much needed relief supplies were delivered by sailors from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and other supporting ships, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on 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 USS Howard (DDG 83); and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) 37, embarked aboard USS Thach (FFG 43) made 19 relief sorties to deliver food and bottled water to areas most affected by the storm.
For the second consecutive day, a Philippine Air Force (PAF) C-130 cargo plane loaded with food and other supplies arrived at Santa Barbara airport in Iloilo. Two C-2A Greyhounds from Ronald Reagan also arrived, carrying water and rice.
In two days, Ronald Reagan has provided 28,128 20-ounce bottles of water and 9,000 pounds of rice for the effort. US and AFP personnel loaded the goods onto the helicopters for rapid delivery to the victims.
According to Rear Adm. Phil Wisecup, commander of the Navy ships, 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,” he said. “The Filipino people are our friends, and we’re trying to reduce their suffering.”