We had seen the pictures in the news and could see how bad it was so we were really keen to be able to help

LET(ME) Jack Coppock

Daring’s sailors were able to put their disaster relief skills learnt during training into practice as they assessed the level of work needed to help the villagers get back on their feet.

With the engineering department taking the lead, they were able to construct a desalinisation plant for the village well, carry out repair work and maintenance on a fishing boat and engines and later joined the rest of the team securing the donated shelter kits to local homes.

“We were all a bit nervous at the start,” said 26-year-old LET(ME) Jack Coppock.

“We had seen the pictures in the news and could see how bad it was so we were really keen to be able to help.

“Now we are here and I am really glad we had our disaster relief training as it looked quite daunting when we arrived. All the people were so happy to see us and thank us. It is good to be here and making a difference.”

Twenty-two-year-old AB(Logs) Scott Beechey – who only joined the Royal Navy 18 months ago and is on his first deployment – added:

“I felt really lucky when I was told I was joining HMS Daring for her round-the-world deployment, but then doing this humanitarian relief is definitely an experience I will take back with me. It feels good to be making a difference and helping people.”

Daring is due to remain in the Philippines for the next few days until the arrival of HMS Illustrious, after which the destroyer will resume her global deployment.