The Marine Corps delivered nearly 60,000 pounds of aid to the southern Philippines over the weekend after the country was hit by torrential rains and deadly mudslides.
Pacific-based Marines were tapped to provide humanitarian assistance following flooding that has affected roughly 1.2 million people and displaced hundreds of thousands of residents in the Mindanao region. Troops with the III Marine Expeditionary Force out of Okinawa, Japan, worked with other government agencies to deliver meals to the armed forces of the Philippines for distribution until the government can “restore essential services,” according to a service press release Monday.
A defense official told Military.com on Monday that, over the previous day, two C-130 Hercules aircraft from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, or VMGR-152, conducted three sorties to the city of Davao, Philippines, delivering the thousands of pounds of aid.
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“Support to our allies and partners, and their people in a time of need, is a non-negotiable,” Lt. Gen. Roger Turner, the III MEF commanding general, said in the press release. “Working in direct coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the government of the Philippines, we stand ready to support those who need urgent assistance.”
The aid that the Marines brought included several pallets of family…