Section: Operations

Colour run for colourful crew

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Bartels (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Members from HMAS Toowoomba participated in the ‘Colour Run with a Purpose’, held on the American Naval Base in Bahrain during their Operation MANITOU deployment. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Members from HMAS Toowoomba participated in the ‘Colour Run with a Purpose’, held on the American Naval Base in Bahrain during their Operation MANITOU deployment.

During a busy port visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain, 36 members of HMAS Toowoomba’s crew found time to participate in a ‘Colour Run with a Purpose’ on 6 February, joining almost 200 serving members from different nations and their families on a 2.5km colour run.

ADF bond with Mallacoota community forged by fire

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Max Logan (author), LSIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Choules Commander Scott Houlihan speaks with Emergency Management Commissioner for Victoria Andrew Crisp, APM, during a ceremony held to commemorate the efforts of all involved with the bushfire effort in Mallacoota. (photo: LSIS Kieren Whiteley)

Commanding Officer HMAS Choules Commander Scott Houlihan speaks with Emergency Management Commissioner for Victoria Andrew Crisp, APM, during a ceremony held to commemorate the efforts of all involved with the bushfire effort in Mallacoota.

The unveiling of a plaque in the heart of Mallacoota will become a strong symbol of the close bond between the Australian Defence Force and local community forged during the devastating 2019-2020 bushfires.

Army’s Amphibious Beach Team extends Choules’ capabilities on land

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Evacuees are transported from Mallacoota via a LARC (Lighter, Amphibious, Resupply, Cargo) transport vessel to awaiting ships during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: )

Evacuees are transported from Mallacoota via a LARC (Lighter, Amphibious, Resupply, Cargo) transport vessel to awaiting ships during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

The ability of Navy and Army to combine for an expanded amphibious capability has been put to the test throughout the ongoing bushfire emergency in south-east Australia this summer.

WO-N: Bushfire relief capability possible thanks to engineering contributions

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer)

Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Deb Butterworth, OAM, CSM and Bar, shakes hands to Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Nathan Spilling, along with other members of Fleet Support Unit - South East in gratitude for their participation in Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 over the Reduced Activity Period. (photo: LSIS Chris Szumlanski)

Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Deb Butterworth, OAM, CSM and Bar, shakes hands to Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Nathan Spilling, along with other members of Fleet Support Unit - South East in gratitude for their participation in Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 over the Reduced Activity Period.

Royal Australian Navy engineers, contractors and their families who cut short their Christmas break to support Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 were recently recognised for their integral contribution.

Governor-General visits aerial bushfire responders

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), CPOIS Paul Berry (photographer), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley meet personnel from 808 Squadron at HMAS Albatross to thank them for assisting in bushfire recovery activities. (photo: Chief Petty Officer Paul Berry)

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley meet personnel from 808 Squadron at HMAS Albatross to thank them for assisting in bushfire recovery activities.

During a visit to the Shoalhaven and South Coast regions of NSW, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia recognised the support provided by ADF personnel to emergency services in response to Australia’s bushfire crisis.

Albatross under fire

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Max Bree (author)

Smoke from a nearby fire that threatened HMAS Albatross on New Year’s Eve 2019, burning up to the perimeter fence and grass around the north side of the runway. (photo: UNKNOWN)

Smoke from a nearby fire that threatened HMAS Albatross on New Year’s Eve 2019, burning up to the perimeter fence and grass around the north side of the runway.

For those at HMAS Albatross it might have been hard to miss the irony of fires threatening the base that has helped to fight bushfires for decades, as flames were seen at the western edge of the airfield near Nowra on the NSW south coast.

Navy Doctor contributes to Defence bushfire response in the Adelaide Hills

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Ben Robinson (author), CPL Tristan Kennedy (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Medical Officer Lieutenant Armand Edison from HMAS Creswell deployed with a mobile medical team in the Adelaide Hills during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: CPL Tristan Kennedy)

Royal Australian Navy Medical Officer Lieutenant Armand Edison from HMAS Creswell deployed with a mobile medical team in the Adelaide Hills during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

Australian Army soldiers have continued to support bushfire affected communities across the Adelaide Hills, bolstered by the arrival of specialist Royal Australian Navy and New Zealand Defence Force personnel.

MV Sycamore provides versatility to the fleet

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Helen Frank (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

MV Sycamore conducts a rendezvous with HMAS Choules to transfer personnel posting onto the ship during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

MV Sycamore conducts a rendezvous with HMAS Choules to transfer personnel posting onto the ship during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

The civilian crew of the Navy-contracted MV Sycamore have relished an expanded role during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 - the ship has modified her operations, away from her usual role, to support the ADF’s bushfire response.

Duty and service in the family

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

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.

Military-civilian partnerships crucial for BUSHFIRE ASSIST

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer)

Commander Brandon Ikimau, RAN, of the Amphibious Task Group, left, greets rescue volunteers in Bega, NSW during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Commander Brandon Ikimau, RAN, of the Amphibious Task Group, left, greets rescue volunteers in Bega, NSW during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20

When a significant military force needs to work collaboratively with a civilian population, as is happening across multiple states as part of Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20, a Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) link between the two is essential.