George Washington CSG Supports Operation Damayan

George Washington CSG Supports Operation Damayan

USS George Washington (CVN 73) transits toward USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) before a replenishment-at-sea. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group, in coordination with Joint Task Force 505 personnel, assisted the Philippine relief efforts in response to the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan.  (Photo by MC3 Brian H. Abel)
USS George Washington (CVN 73) transits toward USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) before a replenishment-at-sea. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group, in coordination with Joint Task Force 505 personnel, assisted the Philippine relief efforts in response to the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. (Photo by MC3 Brian H. Abel)

On 7 November 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in Guiuan, in the Eastern Samar province of the Philippines, bringing along with it historic devastation. The typhoon was verified as the strongest storm ever recorded to hit landfall, with gusts measuring at 235 mph and landfall waves of up to 50 feet. More than 6,000 fatalities were reported across the island nation, leaving approximately 11 million more homeless. According to the Philippine government’s national disaster risk reduction management council, the typhoon affected more than 4.2 million people across 36 provinces. Early estimates revealed more than $802.7 million in damages to Philippine agriculture and infrastructure. In response, the George Washington Carrier Strike Group (CSG) was mobilized, arriving outside of the Leyte Gulf on 14 November 2013 to provide humanitarian assistance in what became known as Operation Damayan.

In the following pages, Naval Aviation News displays the destruction wrought by Haiyan to the Philippines, as well as the humanitarian effort of the George Washington CSG and the other U.S. service branches, bringing hope and aid to the storm ravaged island nation.

An MH-60S Seahawk from the HSC-25 Island Knights drops supplies onto Tacloban Air Base on 14 November 2013 in support of Operation Damayan. Tacloban was one of the areas hardest hit by Haiyan, as much of the city was completely destroyed by the typhoon and subsequent storm surges of up to 17 feet. (Photo by MC3 Ricardo R. Guzman)
An MH-60S Seahawk from the HSC-25 Island Knights drops supplies onto Tacloban Air Base on 14 November 2013 in support of Operation Damayan. Tacloban was one of the areas hardest hit by Haiyan, as much of the city was completely destroyed by the typhoon and subsequent storm surges of up to 17 feet. (Photo by MC3 Ricardo R. Guzman)
AWR2 Jason Rimando waves goodbye to Filipino civilians from an MH-60R Seahawk with the HSM-77 Saberhawks on 16 November 2013 after delivering food and water in support of Operation Damayan.  (Photo by MC3 Paolo Bayas)
AWR2 Jason Rimando waves goodbye to Filipino civilians from an MH-60R Seahawk with the HSM-77 Saberhawks on 16 November 2013 after delivering food and water in support of Operation Damayan. (Photo by MC3 Paolo Bayas)
A Guiuan resident sits in a rickshaw outside of his ruined home in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Guiuan, a small fishing village on the southernmost point of Samar Island, Phillipines, was Typhoon HaiyanÕs initial landing point and one of the area's most heavily damaged by the storm. The Guiuan airfield also served U.S. forces as a drop-off point for relief supplies to the town and surrounding areas.  (Photo by MCSN Liam Kennedy)
A Guiuan resident sits in a rickshaw outside of his ruined home in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Guiuan, a small fishing village on the southernmost point of Samar Island, Phillipines, was Typhoon Haiyan’s initial landing point and one of the area’s most heavily damaged by the storm. The Guiuan airfield also served U.S. forces as a drop-off point for relief supplies to the town and surrounding areas. (Photo by MCSN Liam Kennedy)
MV-22 Ospreys assigned to the VMM-261 Raging Bulls take on supplies from Tacloban Air Base to provide aid during Operation Damayan. The Osprey was critical in distributing supplies to, and providing transport from, isolated areas affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.  (Photo by MC3 Ricardo R. Guzman)
MV-22 Ospreys assigned to the VMM-261 Raging Bulls take on supplies from Tacloban Air Base to provide aid during Operation Damayan. The Osprey was critical in distributing supplies to, and providing transport from, isolated areas affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan. (Photo by MC3 Ricardo R. Guzman)
AWR2 Chris Miller assigned to the HSM-51 Warlords, greets Philippine residents during a relief supply drop on 18 November 2013.  (Photo by CS2 Fidel C. Hart)
AWR2 Chris Miller assigned to the HSM-51 Warlords, greets Philippine residents during a relief supply drop on 18 November 2013. (Photo by CS2 Fidel C. Hart)
Tacloban residents displaced by Typhoon Haiyan fill the cargo hold of a C-17 Globemaster assigned to the USAF 517th Airlift Squadron flying with Joint Task Force (JTF) 505, on 22 November 2013. Approximately 400 individuals were loaded onto the aircraft. JTF 505, activated on 18 November from Camp Aguinaldo, Philippines, conducted search and rescue, supply drops, and personnel airlifts in support of Operation Damayan.  (Photo by MC1 Peter D. Blair)
Tacloban residents displaced by Typhoon Haiyan fill the cargo hold of a C-17 Globemaster assigned to the USAF 517th Airlift Squadron flying with Joint Task Force (JTF) 505, on 22 November 2013. Approximately 400 individuals were loaded onto the aircraft. JTF 505, activated on 18 November from Camp Aguinaldo, Philippines, conducted search and rescue, supply drops, and personnel airlifts in support of Operation Damayan. (Photo by MC1 Peter D. Blair)
Sailors wait to board three helicopters to return to USS George Washington (CVN 73) after delivering food, water and other humanitarian supplies in support of Operation Damayan.  (Photo by MC3 Paolo Bayas)
Sailors wait to board three helicopters to return to USS George Washington (CVN 73) after delivering food, water and other humanitarian supplies in support of Operation Damayan. (Photo by MC3 Paolo Bayas)