Submariners step up in Operation COVID-19 ASSIST

Published on CMDR Chris Forward (author), CAPT Ainsley Morthorpe (photographer)

Topic(s): Submarine Force, Operation COVID-19 ASSIST

Sailors from HMAS Stirling naval base assist WA Police to slow the spread of coronavirus this Easter at traffic control points along main highways south of Perth. (photo: CAPT Ainsley Morthorpe, RAN)
Sailors from HMAS Stirling naval base assist WA Police to slow the spread of coronavirus this Easter at traffic control points along main highways south of Perth.

Submarine Force personnel at Fleet Base West are stepping up to do their bit to assist Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Ten Submarine Force members have been deployed to support the Task Force throughout Western Australia.

“Being one of the first groups of Navy personnel in Western Australia to be assigned to this role has been exciting and challenging.

“All the people here are keen to contribute to the national effort to flatten the curve of the spread of coronavirus,” Warrant Officer Tony O’Rielly said.

Leading Seaman Christian Thom was one of the personnel assisting in Western Australia.

“It wasn’t how I was expecting to spend my day a few weeks ago, but I am happy to do my part as a service person to help”.

“It certainly shows that life in the services is never dull that’s for sure,” Leading Seaman Thom said.

The submarine force is continuing to operate as directed by Government while also contributing to Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Sailors from HMAS Stirling naval base assist WA Police to slow the spread of coronavirus this Easter at traffic control points along main highways south of Perth.

Sailors from HMAS Stirling naval base assist WA Police to slow the spread of coronavirus this Easter at traffic control points along main highways south of Perth.