The seven helicopters aboard HMS Illustrious are being loaded up with aid packages as the Royal Navy carrier arrives in the Philippines.
Carrying the fleet’s biggest on-load of stores since the Falklands War, HMS Illustrious is full steam ahead for typhoon aid mission.
The few surviving residents of a Philippine community devastated by Typhoon Haiyan tell ITV News their home is already a "ghost town".
Personnel from HMS Illustrious have enabled 450 children in the Philippines to return to school after repairing the building as part of their ongoing humanitarian mission.
Royal Navy Merlin, Sea King and Army Lynx helicopters from Illustrious are sweeping the region to identify the worst hit areas before teams are despatched to help people to recover from the effects of Typhoon Haiyan.
One such recent mission was the repair of the school on the island of Calagnaan to the north east of Panay. A specialist team of twenty men and women were deployed to carry out the work. The efforts of the team will allow 450 children to return to the school.
British medics aboard HMS Illustrious have carried out life-saving operations on two children left with infected limbs in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has told MPs.
Ms Greening told the Commons that along with the medical success stories, around 800,000 people in the Philippines are thought to have received help from the UK aid effort.
"This military support has been crucial in delivering relief to the more remote islands, including the provision of emergency medical assistance through the UK international trauma team," she said.
Helicopters from HMS Illustrious have begun to deliver aid, people and equipment to small Philippine islands devastated by Typhoon Haiyan over a fortnight ago.
The Portsmouth-based helicopter and commando carrier arrived in the region to the north of Panay on Monday and immediately began surveying nearby islands to assess their needs.
Recce teams were sent to three islands – Calagnaan, Canas and Bayas – and found extensive damage to homes and local infrastructure with little in the way of long term food supplies.
Royal navy teams have begun delivering humanitarian aid provided by the UK.
But on a helicopter flight from HMS Illustrious our correspondent Dan Rivers visited one fishing village where local politics are stopping aid getting through.
ITV's correspondent Dan Rivers is with the crew of HMS Illustrious in the Philippines. The helicopter and commando carrier is delivering humanitarian aid provided by the UK.
Watch Dan Rivers' report on ITV News at Ten.
HMS Illustrious has arrived in the Philippines to begin to deliver humanitarian aid provided by the UK.
The helicopter and commando carrier takes over from HMS Daring which has been distributing aid and assisting villagers in remote communities on islands to the north east of Panay for the past week.
HMS Illustrious is carrying around 500 tonnes of UK aid which includes 12,500 blankets, 20,000 candles, 30,000 rice bags and 1,900 water carriers.
British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious is set to arrive in the Philippines today to deliver much-needed aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
The ship is transporting 500 tonnes of supplies, including equipment that can turn sea water in to drinking water - something that is in very short supply in the worst hit areas.
A British aircraft carrier loaded with disaster relief supplies is within 24 hours of arriving in the Philippines.
Many of the crew on board HMS Illustrious have given up being at home with their families this Christmas, to help with the much-needed aid effort.
ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers reports from on board the Illustrious:
International Development Secretary Justine Greening has joined UK and Australian medics in Tacloban, one of the worst affected areas in the Philippines typhoon, ahead of more supplies being brought by HMS Illustrious.
Ms Greening posted on Twitter: "Medics [are] doing amazing work treating people hurt by Typhoon Haiyan".