HMS Daring captain ready for Phillippines disaster operation

Commanding Officer Angus Essenhigh
Commanding Officer Angus Essenhigh

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THE Portsmouth-based destroyer HMS Daring is due to arrive to the Phillippines on Saturday morning, to help with the clean-up operation after a devastating storm hit the islands.

As reported, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that HMS Daring will be sent to help with the relief effort, where up to 10,000 people are feared to have been killed in Typhoon Haiyan.

The ship’s Commanding Officer Angus Essenhigh, said: ‘The ship has a unique element of mobility that we can take stuff that’s on board and move around the coastline to some of the more remote communities.

‘I’ve got boats, I’ve got a helicopter, I can get to these items into the more remote communities and ensure they have clean water as well as helping with electricity restoration and have blankets to keep them warm, I can make water on board and first-aid provision.’HMS Daring will provide humanitarian assistance, helicopter lift from one on-board Lynx and engineering and first-aid expertise.

Mr Cameron said: ‘We continue to help around the world - as we are today in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan has wrought such appalling devastation.‘Britain is contributing £10m and HMS Daring, currently deployed near Singapore, will shortly be heading at full speed towards the disaster zone with further support from an RAF C17 which will be a powerful help to the relief operation.’