101022-N-5538K-415 REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES (Oct. 22, 2010) Philippine nationals run to greet a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM-262) Ch-46E Sea Knight delivering readymade canvas tents and bottled water to an airfield in northern Luzon. HMM 262 helicopters were used to insert members of a Forward Command Element (FCE) of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) to assist the government of the Republic of the Philippines in assessing the damage caused by typhoon Juan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey H. Kyhl)


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