SUPER TYPHOON 08W (NEOGURI), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 246 NM SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF KADENA AB, OKINAWA, JAPAN HAS TRACKED NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD AT 10 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 071200Z IS 40 FEET.
A KC-130J Super Hercules assigned to the squadron was returning to Villamor Air Base from Tacloban after delivering relief supplies in support of Operation Damayan, the U.S. military response to Typhoon Haiyan. Maj. Jason Kauffman, a pilot with the squadron, heard a mayday call come through his radio approximately 18 nautical miles northwest of North Harbor.
The United States has responded to the humanitarian disaster in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in its usual robust manner. Ships, aircraft and personnel from all branches of the military are hard at work and making a difference. What does the U.S. military do that is so different? How do they make a difference?
Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013. The super typhoon, known locally as Typhoon Yolanda, cut a path of destruction through the center of that island nation. Within days the military might of the United States and other allied nations joined the Armed Forces of the Philippines is a gigantic humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission (HADR).