Members of Patrol Squadron 26, 'The Tridents' are assisting search and rescue efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. (Navy)
The Navy has two P-3 Orion aircraft in the Philippines assisting the country’s search and rescue efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
“The two P-3s are from Patrol Squadron 26 based in Jacksonville, Fla., and currently on a six-month rotation to Misawa, Japan,” said Cmdr. Steven Curry, in a statement provided to Navy Times.
“The Tridents” of VP-26 are skilled in sea surveillance and coastal and overland recon.
There are about 230 U.S. military personnel helping with the rescue efforts at this time, 180 of which are sailors and Marines, said Sgt. Ben Eberle, a spokesman with Marine Forces Pacific.
The Marine Corps has contributed five KC-130J Hercules refueling aircraft and four MV-22 Ospreys in support of the relief efforts.
A defense official tells Navy Times that there have been discussions of sending Navy ships, but nothing has been finalized at this time.