A NAVY officer is part of a huge humanitarian effort after a typhoon battered a far east country.
Petty Officer (Supply Chain) Darren Oswald, 41, from Wheatley Hill, is currently deployed to South East Asia with the Royal Navy onboard aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious to assist with the international relief effort following Typhoon Haiyan.
The 22,000 ton aircraft carrier was been re-deployed from counter-piracy patrols around the Horn of Africa to assist in the international humanitarian aid effort in the Philippines by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Ozzie as he is known onboard, he is a member of the Logistic Supply Chain Department. Due to his experience working with Royal Naval aviators, he is HMS Illustrious’ Air Stores Liaison.
He is the link between the embarked squadrons and the ship’s Supply Chain Department, providing the equipment and stores necessary to enable aircraft to be properly maintained while at sea. The ship is well configured to deliver aid, provide fresh water, medical and engineering support.
Darren, who attended Wellfield Comprehensive School in Wingate, said: “It’s a shame that we’re not going to be home over the festive period, but everyone at home knows that we are in the Philippines trying to help people rebuild their lives.”