Duty and service in the family

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Geoff Long (author), POIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Choules (L100), Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST

Seaman Marine Technician Zachariah Remnant checks the list of evacuees with a member of the Victoria Police. (photo: POIS Helen Frank)
Seaman Marine Technician Zachariah Remnant checks the list of evacuees with a member of the Victoria Police.

When Royal Australian Navy Seaman Marine Technician Zachariah Remnant answered the call to join HMAS Choules to support Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20, he came with insights into what was involved in helping in an emergency.

The Remnant family hails from the south coast town of Bomaderry and Zachariah’s father Wayne was already helping out with the bushfire relief efforts in Bateman’s Bay as a member of the Nowra State Emergency Service.

Remnant senior has volunteered for the SES for the past five years, giving the future Navy Marine Technician a role model for his own life of service.

“When I was at home just before New Year, dad was out with the SES, working on clearing roads and helping with the evacuations,” Seaman Remnant said.

“So when we got to Mallacoota in Victoria and I was ashore helping people get on to buses and liaising with the police, I was thinking we were probably doing similar roles.”

Seaman Remnant joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2018 as a 19-year-old, after finishing Year 12 at Bomaderry High School.

He said one of the reasons he chose the Royal Australian Navy over other services or career paths was because of connections with family and friends.

“My grandfather worked out of HMAS Albatross as a civilian doing avionics engineering, and my dad’s grandfather was in the Royal Australian Navy, so I had that exposure growing up,” Seaman Remnant said.

Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 was his first deployment since posting into Choules and he said it was an exciting introduction to his new ship.

“I’m looking forward to getting stuck into some engineering work and helping maintain the ship, but in the meantime I’m happy to do whatever I can to support Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20,” said Seaman Remnant.

The Bomaderry local, who grew up playing for the Bomaderry Swamp Rats rugby league and Shoalhaven Heads-Berry Sharks football teams, said he was also looking forward to giving back to the local community in future.

“The south coast relies on tourism so whenever I get the chance I’ll be coming down for camping trips and supporting the local businesses to try to give something back,” Seaman Remnant said.

Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 imagery is available on the Defence Image Gallery:
https://images.defence.gov.au/S20192970.

Members of the Country Fire Association board a bus at Mallacoota as they prepare for evacuation onboard HMAS Choules during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

Members of the Country Fire Association board a bus at Mallacoota as they prepare for evacuation onboard HMAS Choules during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.