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Dispatch of International Disaster Relief Team to the Philippines

Dispatch of International Disaster Relief Team to the Philippines

At the request of the government of the Philippines on November 12, Minister of Foreign Affairs consulted Defense Minister for MOD/SDF cooperation on International Disaster Relief. Having judged that the dispatch of the SDF units can contribute to effective relief activities, Defense Minister responded to the consultation by issuing an Operation Order which led to the organization of the Philippines International disaster Relief Team to conduct activities on site.

On November 15, considering grave disaster situation on the ground, Defense Minister updated an Operation Order to organize the Joint Task Force for International Disaster Relief activities and Joint Operations Coordination center in the Philippines. After conducting medical services for 14,570 locals in total and transporting approx. 540 tons of relief supplies, based on the consultation with the Government of the Philippines, an order to conclude its mission was issued on December 13. Various levels of parties, including the Government of the Philippines, expressed gratitude to the efforts made by the SDF on the ground.

Furthermore, from December 7 to 8, Defense Minister Onodera visited the Philippines (Manila and Tacloban) and met with Voltaire Gazmin, the Secretary of National Defense of the Philippines. Mr. Onodera also visited the affected areas and encouraged SDF units at work on the ground.

Set up of Joint Operations Coordination center

Date of Formation November 17 (location: Republic of the Philippines)
Basic Duties Coordination with relevant factors such as institutions of the Government of the Philippines and other relevant countries, etc.
Staff Approx. 10
C2 Line Minister of Defense

Formation of Joint Task Force for International Disaster Relief in the Philippines

Date of Formation November 17 (location: Kure, Komaki, and the Philippines)
Basic Duties Medical assistance, epidemic prevention, transport of relief supplies, etc.
Personnel Approx. 1,170
C2 Line Commander in Chief, Self Defense Fleet
Commander Commander, 4th Escort Flotilla
Composition Dispatched Team HQ, Medical assistance and Air support Unit, Maritime Dispatched group and Airlift Unit
Basic Equipment CH-47 transport helicopters ×3, UH-1 utility helicopters ×3, transport vessel ×1, escort vessel ×1, supply vessel ×1, KC-767 tanker ×2, C-130H transport aircraft ×7, and U-4 utility support aircraft ×1
Dispatch of International Disaster Relief Team to the Philippines
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