TOKYO: Japan will send almost 1,200 troops to join relief efforts in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines along with three warships, 10 planes and six helicopters, in the single largest aid deployment by the country’s military.
About 1,170 members of Japan’s Self-Defence Forces (SDF) will provide medical support and quarantine services, and transport relief goods, the ministry said in a statement posted on Friday.
Ten or so others will be based in Manila to coordinate relief operations with the Philippines and other countries.
The aircraft include seven C-130H transport planes, two KC-767 tanker planes and one U-4 multi-purpose support plane.
Japan initially dispatched 50 SDF members on Tuesday to assist in medical support and transport operations and said on Wednesday it was readying as many as 1,000 troops to go to the Philippines.
It is the first time Japanese troops have been active in Leyte since the island turned into one of the biggest battlegrounds of World War II, when US forces counter-invaded in 1944.