There were also several assets deployed in support of Op RENAISSANCE 13-1 including:
- 1 x CC-144 Challenger was initially used to transport the Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team (ISST) to the Philippines. The CC-144 then conducted 60 sorties to assist in coordination and reconnaissance in support of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) until 30 November;
- 1 x CC-150 Polaris transported members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and equipment to the Philippines;
- 3 x CC-177 Globemaster III transported personnel and equipment to the Philippines;
- 3 x CH-146 Griffon helicopters provided mobility, coordination and medical evacuation;
- 1 x Light Support Service Vehicle Wheeled (LSVW) Command Post provided command and control capability;
- 1 x LSVW Ambulance provided mobility to the medical staff and basic level of medical support to the people of the Philippines;
- 2 x LSVW Cargo transported equipment throughout Canadian area of operations;
- 2 x Multi-Purpose Engineering Vehicle (MPEV) provided loading and digging capability;
- 2 x Rough Terrain Fork Lift (RTFL) used to lift heavy loads in austere and rugged environments;
- 3 x Heavy Engineering Support Vehicle with Palletized Load System (HESV + PLS) used to transport heavy loads including the Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU);
- 1 x Medium Logistics Vehicle Wheeled (MLVW);
- 3 x ROWPU to provide safe drinking water; and
- 2 x Heavy Logistics Vehicle Wheeled (HLVW) Bowser to support CH-146 operations.
On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, slammed into the Philippines setting off landslides, knocking out power in several provinces and cutting communications in the country’s central region of island provinces.
The typhoon caused significant loss of life, a large number of injuries, as well as destruction of property, leaving millions of people requiring humanitarian support.
- 10 November 2013 – the Government of Canada deployed the ISST to the Philippines to help assess the needs of the affected population and identify areas for potential support.
- 11 November 2013 – Prime Minister Stephen Harper directed the deployment of the DART to the region to ensure assets and personnel were nearby and ready to assist at a moment's notice.
- 13 November 2013 – Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the DART would be sent to Iloilo, Philippines.
- 14 November 2013 – Minister of International Development Christian Paradis announced the area of focus for Canadian relief efforts was in Iloilo and Capiz provinces on Panay Island.
- 15 November 2013 – 50 DART engineers arrive in Iloilo, marking the arrival of the first members of the main body of the DART. Additional DART personnel arrived over the course of the next week.
- 15 December 2013 – The DAR T officially ceases operations. CAF members begin preparing for redeployment to Canada.
- 19 December 2013 – The first DART members arrive in Canada.
Contingency Plan RENAISSANCE
Contingency Plan (CONPLAN) RENAISSANCE is the Canadian Armed Forces’ plan for rapid deployment to the scene of a disaster overseas, as directed by the Government of Canada. It provides direction to the CAF in the event of a decision by the Government of Canada to respond to a request from another nation for help.
The plan delivers a rapid CAF response that is flexible enough to make an immediate positive impact at the scene of the disaster, and to continue helping people as the situation develops.
The Government of Canada’s response to natural disasters abroad is coordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) in close partnership with core departments and agencies, including the Department of National Defence and the Privy Council Office (PCO).
Disaster Assistance Response Team
The Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is a military organization ready to deploy quickly to conduct emergency relief operations. It is one component of Canada’s toolkit to respond to natural disasters abroad.
Before the DART is fully deployed, an advance party is sent to prepare for the arrival of the main body and DART capabilities which could deploy at a later date.
The DART is a self sufficient, scalable military capability ready to deploy quickly to conduct emergency relief operations for up to 40 days. Its main elements include the DART headquarters, a logistics platoon, an engineer troop, a medical platoon and a defence and security platoon. DART equipment, stores, and supplies are stored at 8 Wing Trenton and are maintained for immediate deployment by a small supporting staff.
The DART is not designed to provide first response services, such as search and rescue or emergency trauma care. Instead, it can be useful where the capabilities of local governments and humanitarian agencies to provide primary health care and potable water are overstretched.
The DART serves three critical needs in emergencies:
- primary medical care;
- engineering help; and
- production of safe drinking water.