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HMAS Tobruk joins Philippines recovery mission

Australian forces are helping in the Philippines recovery efforts"

Engineers on-board HMAS Tobruk have joined armed forces from around the world to help the Philippines recover from typhoon damage.

Earlier this month, Typhoon Haiyan swept the region, with local Philippine officials claiming that most structures in the Ormoc region were in need of some form of repair.

HMAS Tobruk sailed from Townsville on November 18 and arrived at Ormoc in the Leyte province on November 26, with a full recovery support force on-board.

Australian Army personnel from Townsville's 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment commenced a range of tasks yesterday (November 28th), including quick-impact duties such as removing debris from public areas and clearing roads.

Commander of Joint Task Force 630 Lieutenant Colonel Rod Lang said the area will benefit greatly from Australian assistance, having been extensively damaged by the natural disaster.

"We visited this area last week and it was devastated. Most houses were destroyed or without roofs, but despite this the people were calm and doing the best they could," he explained.

"The Joint Task Force of Navy, Army and Air Force elements will provide assistance, together with other Australian government agencies, to the Philippines government to help the people of the region recover and move on with their lives."

Operation Philippines Assist currently has 500 Australian Defence Force personnel deployed in the country, including the HMAS Tobruk engineer regiment.

Many forces members and Australian government staff are based at Ormoc Airport on Leyte island or at Mactan International Airport at Cebu.

The Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster aircraft are providing airlift assistance for the recovery task force, which is being supported by a team of Navy, Army and government members.

Minister for defence David Johnston, speaking earlier this month, said: "The RAAF's C-17A Globemasters provide an experienced and important capability when responding to disasters in our region."

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