November 12, 2013 3:02 pm
Updated: November 12, 2013 3:03 pm

Gallery: Members of DART head to Philippines

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The leading edge of Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team is on its way to the Philippines to help the devastated island nation deal with the daunting aftermath of last week’s catastrophic typhoon.

READ MORE: Canada to send disaster team to Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

A Canadian Forces C-17 from CFB Trenton is en route to the Southeast Asian archipelago, carrying between 35 and 50 members of the team and their gear, Foreign Minister John Baird told a news conference Monday.

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The full complement of the rapid-response team, known as DART, comprises 200 Canadian Forces personnel and was last deployed following the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010.

“The first plane will leave within hours and it will bring personnel and equipment,” Baird said in the House of Commons foyer.

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