The UK MoD operation to respond to the humanitarian crisis following Typhoon Haiyan was called ‘PATWIN’
For those interested in the cost to the MoD
Operation Patwin was the principal humanitarian relief operation to which the UK armed forces contributed in 2013. The armed forces supported Department for International Development efforts using assets including HMS Illustrious, HMS Daring, two RAF C-17 strategic lift aircraft, an RAF C-130 tactical lift aircraft and a logistics support team in the Philippines. The civilian transport in the area improved, and DFID agreed that military support was no longer required after 10 December. The marginal cost to the MOD is estimated at about £10 million. This sum will be reimbursed by DFID under the terms of a memorandum of understanding covering military support to humanitarian assistance missions.
This cost is of course, exclusive of the supplies delivered but 4Kg packs of instant noodles probably don’t cost a lot!