Operation Renaissance 13-1 – Update

News Article / November 22, 2013


As part of a Government of Canada response, the Canadian Armed Forces are currently providing humanitarian support to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan that hit the country on November 8, 2013.

Task Force Philippines

The Canadian Armed Forces task force currently includes more than 300 Canadian Armed Forces members with a range of specialties:

  • engineering to assist in clearing debris, opening roads, re-establish electricity, remediating washouts and assessing structures such as bridges.
  • water purification to produce clean drinking water
  • mobile medical teams that travel to evacuation centres to treat injuries and identify potential sites for assistance
  • helicopter pilots and crew to extend the reach of personnel to isolated areas and provide reconnaissance and assistance as required
  • air transport and maintenance crews
  • logistics to support the delivery of humanitarian supplies and the daily operations of Task Force Philippines

Effects on the ground

As of 7 a.m. EST on November 22, 2013, Task Force Philippines has:

  • purified approximately 30,000 litres of water
  • treated nearly 800 medical patients
  • cleared 109 km of roads
  • conducted 18 CH-146 Griffon sorties.

Deployed assets

There are also several assets deployed in support of Operation Renaissance 13-1 including:

  • 1 x CC-144 Challenger used initially to transport the Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team to the Philippines and still in the Philippines assisting in coordination and reconnaissance in support of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
  • 1 x CC-150 Polaris transporting members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and equipment to the Philippines
  • 3 x CC-177 Globemaster III to transport personnel and equipment to the Philippines
  • 3 x CH-146 Griffon helicopters to provide mobility and coordination and medical evacuation
  • 1 x light support service vehicle wheeled  command post to provide  command and control capability
  • 1 x light support service vehicle wheeled ambulance to provide mobility to the medical staff and provide basic level of medical support to the people of the Philippines
  • 1 x multi-purpose engineering vehicle to provide loading and digging capability
  • 1 x rough terrain fork lift to lift heavy loads in austere and rugged environments
  • 1 x heavy engineering support vehicle with palletized load system used to transport heavy loads including the Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit
  • 2 x reverse osmosis water purification units to provide safe drinking water (two more will follow within the next five days)


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