Topic: Operation COVID-19 ASSIST

A long way from the sea

Published on by CAPT James Hook (author)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Asahel Heeney takes a break from her duties at the headquarters of NORFORCE’s Centre Squadron in Alice Springs, where she served as a communicator during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: )

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Asahel Heeney takes a break from her duties at the headquarters of NORFORCE’s Centre Squadron in Alice Springs, where she served as a communicator during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

For one Australian Navy sailor, her first operational deployment was a long way from the sea - Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Asahel Heeney deployed to Alice Springs, 1200km from the ocean, on Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Back to where it all began

This article has photo gallery Published on by FLTLT Courtney Jay (author), PTE Olivia Cameron (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Maritime Logistics Officer Trainee Midshipman Madeline Moroney directs vehicles through the Gisborne South Vehicle Checkpoint during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: PTE Olivia Cameron)

Royal Australian Navy Maritime Logistics Officer Trainee Midshipman Madeline Moroney directs vehicles through the Gisborne South Vehicle Checkpoint during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Midshipman Madeline Moroney is a Maritime Logistics Officer Trainee, who, with just two weeks left of her initial employment training at HMAS Cerberus, finds herself supporting Operation COVID-19 ASSIST in her hometown region of Goulburn Valley in Victoria.

Quarantine seen from both sides

Published on by LCDR John Thompson (author), LSIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Peter Bellas at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: LSIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Peter Bellas at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics­­­ - Supply Chain Peter Bellas knows more than most about mandatory quarantine - in April he undertook 14 days of mandatory quarantine in a Sydney hotel after returning from Operation MANITOU.

Inland Submariner supporting COVID in Shepparton

This article has photo gallery Published on by FLGOFF Jessica Winnall (author), PTE Dustin Anderson (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Marine Technician Submariner Gareth James at the Goulburn Valley Health testing site in Shepparton, Victoria, during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: PTE Dustin Anderson)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Marine Technician Submariner Gareth James at the Goulburn Valley Health testing site in Shepparton, Victoria, during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Royal Australian Navy Submariner Petty Officer Marine Technician Gareth James is an instructor at HMAS Cerberus, and as a trained Ship’s Medical Emergency Team member he immediately volunteered for Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Pandemic keeps nursing officer on his toes

Published on by CAPT Zoe Griffyn (author), LAC John Solomon (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Commander Lee McMahon, Officer In Charge of the military contingent at the Colac, Victoria COVID-19 testing site during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: LAC John Solomon)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Commander Lee McMahon, Officer In Charge of the military contingent at the Colac, Victoria COVID-19 testing site during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Nursing Officer Lieutenant Commander Lee McMahon has had a busy year on the frontline of the COVID-19 response, supporting the Victorian Government and its agencies in the town of Colac as part of his second deployment to Operation COVID-19 ASIST.

From sea to land operations

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Craig Walton (author and photographer), PTE Dustin Anderson (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy personnel disembark a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster at Avalon airport during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST in Melbourne, Victoria. (photo: PTE Dustin Anderson)

Royal Australian Navy personnel disembark a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster at Avalon airport during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST in Melbourne, Victoria.

ADF personnel from across the country joined in the fight against COVID-19 when they boarded a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster and headed to Avalon Airport, south west of Melbourne in Victoria last week.

Contact tracing in NSW

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Medical Administrative Officer, Lieutenant Bianca Prain, centre, with the COVID-19 contact tracing team she manages at the NSW Health public health response branch in Sydney. (photo: LSIS Shane Cameron)

Medical Administrative Officer, Lieutenant Bianca Prain, centre, with the COVID-19 contact tracing team she manages at the NSW Health public health response branch in Sydney.

More than 60 Army and Navy personnel have been working with the New South Wales Health Contact Tracing team as part of Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Navy moves inland

Published on by SBLT Dylan Root (author)

A Royal Australian Navy sailor assists New South Wales Police at a border control point on the Princes Highway South of Eden. (photo: )

A Royal Australian Navy sailor assists New South Wales Police at a border control point on the Princes Highway South of Eden.

Navy personnel from multiple ships are working together to support New South Wales Police at vehicle checkpoints as part of Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Cerberus to the rescue on the Monash Freeway

Published on by FLTLT Marina Lysenko (author), PTE Michael Currie (photographer)

R-L: Petty Officer Boatswain Shannon Schonewille; Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Alex Patterson; Seaman Boatswains Mate Jaxan Stead; and Seaman Boatswains Mate (training) Duncan Watson stepped beyond their Operation COVID-19 ASSIST duties when they stopped to give first aid and direct traffic at a car accident on the Monash Freeway, in Victoria. (photo: Private (P) Michael Currie)

R-L: Petty Officer Boatswain Shannon Schonewille; Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Alex Patterson; Seaman Boatswains Mate Jaxan Stead; and Seaman Boatswains Mate (training) Duncan Watson stepped beyond their Operation COVID-19 ASSIST duties when they stopped to give first aid and direct traffic at a car accident on the Monash Freeway, in Victoria.

A four-person Navy team from HMAS Cerberus deployed on Operation COVID-19 ASSIST has saved the life of a Melbourne resident.

Note-able contribution by musicians

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSMUSN Jonathan Rendell (author), PTE Dustin Anderson (photographer)

Petty Officer Musician Christopher Palamountain at a Vehicle Control Point in Victoria during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: PTE Dustin Anderson)

Petty Officer Musician Christopher Palamountain at a Vehicle Control Point in Victoria during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Community engagement looks different now for some members of the RAN Band Melbourne, as they trade instruments for personal protective equipment while deployed on Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.