Operation Patwin

Operation Patwin is the military component of the UK’s humanitarian aid mission to the Philippines after the ravages of Typhoon Haiyan

Ships HMS Daring and HMS Illustrious were sent by the British government as part of a massive humanitarian aid package to help the devastated Philippines islands in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

The British military, which in addition to the Naval ships included helicopters from RNAS Culdrose and RNAS Yeovilton, and Royal Marines from 42 Commando, as well as RAF aircraft, helped more than 22,000 people, providing 16,000 litres of drinking water, distributed nearly 70 tonnes of food and distributing 400 shelter packs.

What we are doing

Helping the people of the Philippines

Why we are there

Part of the UK government's commitment to help the Philippines

We continue to help around the world – as we are today in the Philippines where Typhoon Haiyan has wrought such appalling devastation.

Prime Minister David Cameron

Providing humanitarian assistance

When natural or man-made disasters occur, a country’s infrastructure and resources can be crippled. With loss of electricity, shortage of food and water supplies, and human lives at risk – responding to such life-threatening scenarios is central to the Royal Navy’s ethos. Because we have the skills, equipment and know-how to go anywhere, regardless of potential damage to local infrastructure.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Location Philippines

The Philippines

HMS Illustrious

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815 Naval Air Squadron

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42 Commando

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829 Naval Air Squadron

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HMS Daring (D32)

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