Packed to the rafters with 500 tonnes of disaster relief aid, HMS Illustrious has sailed for the Philippines.
The Portsmouth-based helicopter carrier left Singapore yesterday to help with the mission to provide humanitarian aid to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Sailors spent the last 48 hours topping up the ship’s hangar with blankets, jerry cans for water, and rice to deliver to islanders.
The ship is expected to arrive early next week.
Commander Phil Hally, the head of logistics on board Illustrious, said: ‘We have managed to fit in everything we have been asked to carry.
‘The young men and women on board have worked tremendously hard and we are very proud of what they have achieved in a very short space of time.
‘This is something we will all remember.’
HMS Illustrious will relieve Portsmouth-based destroyer HMS Daring when she arrives in the Philippines.
As reported in The News, HMS Daring has spent much of the last fortnight helping islanders rebuild their lives.