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Gallery: Members of DART head to Philippines

The advance party of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) loads a C177 Globemaster bound for Hawaii at Canadian Forces Base Trenton on November 11, 2013 as Canada awaits recommendations from the Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team (ISST) and Humanitarian Assistance Reconnaissance Team (HART) on how best to assist the people of the Philippines.
The advance party of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) loads a C177 Globemaster bound for Hawaii at Canadian Forces Base Trenton on November 11, 2013 as Canada awaits recommendations from the Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team (ISST) and Humanitarian Assistance Reconnaissance Team (HART) on how best to assist the people of the Philippines. Levarre McDonald, 8 Wing Imaging
The advance party of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) loads a C177 Globemaster bound for Hawaii at Canadian Forces Base Trenton on November 11, 2013 as Canada awaits recommendations from the Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team (ISST) and Humanitarian Assistance Reconnaissance Team (HART) on how best to assist the people of the Philippines.
The advance party of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) loads a C177 Globemaster bound for Hawaii at Canadian Forces Base Trenton on November 11, 2013 as Canada awaits recommendations from the Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team (ISST) and Humanitarian Assistance Reconnaissance Team (HART) on how best to assist the people of the Philippines. Cpl Levarre McDonald
Members of Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) prepare their luggage for check-in, in anticipation of a rapid deployment to the Philippine Islands that were ravaged by typhoon Haiyan, at Canadian Forces Base Trenton on November 11, 2013.
Members of Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) prepare their luggage for check-in, in anticipation of a rapid deployment to the Philippine Islands that were ravaged by typhoon Haiyan, at Canadian Forces Base Trenton on November 11, 2013. Corporal Darcy Lefebvre, Canadian Forces Combat Camera
Members of Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) prepare their luggage for check-in, in anticipation of a rapid deployment to the Philippine Islands that were ravaged by typhoon Haiyan on November 11, 2013.
Members of Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) prepare their luggage for check-in, in anticipation of a rapid deployment to the Philippine Islands that were ravaged by typhoon Haiyan on November 11, 2013. Corporal Darcy Lefebvre, Canadian Forces
Master Warrant Officer David Milligan of a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) prepares his luggage for check-in at Canadian Forces Base Trenton on November 11, 2013.
Master Warrant Officer David Milligan of a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) prepares his luggage for check-in at Canadian Forces Base Trenton on November 11, 2013. Corporal Darcy Lefebvre, Canadian Forces
DART, Super Typhoon Haiyan
The advance party of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) deploys to Hawaii from Canadian Forces Base Trenton on November 11, 2013 as Canada awaits recommendations from the Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team (ISST) and Humanitarian Assistance Reconnaissance Team (HART) on how best to assist the people of the Philippines. Cpl Levarre McDonald, 8 Wing Imaging

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.

READ MORE: Tons of aid in Philippines, but not where needed

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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