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.