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Cornish Crews Arrive in Typhoon Zone

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 1:45pm 25th November 2013 (Updated 1:46pm 25th November 2013)


Cornish air crews send back pictures of the devastation in The Phillipines.

Culdrose crews arrived in the Philippines on Monday to help with humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations after Typhoon Haiyan.  

 

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The Merlin MK1 Flight has been embarked in HMS Illustrious since June this year and was taking part in counter piracy operations off the Horn of Africa when the Prime Minister ordered the ship, and her embarked aircraft, to assist with the international aid effort.

Having picked up 500 tonnes of food and supplies in Singapore the task for 'Lusty' and her crew was then to ensure that the correct aid is supplied to the most affected and vulnerable areas.

"After HMS Illustrious stored ship in Singapore, we have a vast and wide range of incredibly useful aid onboard," said Lieutenant  Commander  Edwin Cooper, 829 NAS Merlin Flight Commander. "The important part now is to ensure we get the aid to those who need it most."

One of the first tasks for the Culdrose aviators has been to survey some of the devastation and determine what needs to be done.

Launching at sunrise on Monday morning the Merlin flew to the large Island of Tablas in the centre of the Philippines Archipelago and to six smaller surrounding islands, covering a total of 180 square miles.

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