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International Disaster Relief in the Philippines

Dispatched MSDF units (the destroyer Ise, the transport vessel Osumi, and the supply ship Towada) were sent for international disaster relief activities in the Philippines.

In response to Typhoon #30 which struck the Philippines in November 2013, the Minister of Defense issued an order on November 12th for the SDF to engage in international disaster relief efforts.
Following this order, SDF units including the destroyer Ise, the transport vessel Osumi, and the supply ship Towada were dispatched as the maritime unit of the Joint Task Force for International Disaster Relief Group.



About the Joint Task Force for International Disaster Relief in the Philippines.

  • Organization of the Joint Task Force for International Disaster Relief in the Philippines
  • Foundation Date: November 17, 2013 (Kure, Komaki, and the Republic of the Philippines)
  • Basic Duties: Medical services, epidemic prevention, rescue efforts and transport of relief materials.
  • Personnel: Approx.1,170
  • Chain of Command: Directed by the Commander-in-chief of the Self-Defense Fleet
  • Commander: Commander, Escort Flotilla 4
  • Component Units: Dispatched Team Headquarter Unit, Medical / Air Relief Unit, Maritime Transport Unit, Airlift Squadron.
  • Basic Equipment: CH-47 Transport Helicopters (3), UH-1 Multi-Purpose Helicopters (3), Transport Vessel (1),
    Destroyer (1), Supply Ship (1), KC-767 Aerial Refueling / Transport Aircraft (2), C-130H Transport Aircraft (7),
    U-4 Multipurpose Support Aircraft (1)

Regarding the conclusion of International Disaster Relief activities in the Republic of the Philippines

In response to the November 8th, 2013 typhoon which hit the Republic of the Philippines and its severe damage, International Disaster Relief activities was began on 12th, November. Based on consultation with the Philippine government, today the order to conclude international disaster relief activities was issued.

Based on this order, from today relief activities also to be concluded, and all the deployed units is to be back in Japan around 20th, December. However, the SDF will continue air transport of relief supplies until 18th, December as far as it doesn’t affect preparation for departure.

In regards to the International Disaster Relief activities in the Republic of the Philippines, until now up to 1,180 personnel have been dispatched who have carried out 2,646 medical examinations and 11,924 vaccinations in total, in addition to roughly 95,600 m2 of epidemic prevention, air transport of roughly 540 tons of material, and a total of 2,327 victims. Since we have received numerous expressions of gratitude from various levels including the Philippine government, we believe that we could conduct effective activities for the victims.
Values reflect totals as of December 12th
(Referenced in Ministry of Defense HP Documents)

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