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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. 

Father and daughter on bushfire relief duty

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

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Georgia Parsons prepares food in the galley onboard HMAS Adelaide during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Georgia Parsons prepares food in the galley onboard HMAS Adelaide during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

The ongoing bushfire recovery effort in Australia’s south east has seen one young Navy sailor at sea serving on the same operation as her Army Sergeant father ashore.

HMAS Adelaide prepared for any contingency during Op BUSHFIRE ASSIST

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

Earth moving equipment inside HMAS Adelaide's heavy vehicle deck during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Earth moving equipment inside HMAS Adelaide's heavy vehicle deck during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

The crew, task group staff and embarked forces in HMAS Adelaide are on station off the New South Wales south coast, providing relief and support to regional communities impacted by the bushfires.

Navy Doctor deploys to support Kangaroo Island

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

Reserve Medical Officer Lieutenant Andrew Southcott, a civilian general practitioner from the 9th Combat Service Support Battalion, is deployed to Kangaroo Island, SA, in support of Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: CPL Tristan Kennedy)

Reserve Medical Officer Lieutenant Andrew Southcott, a civilian general practitioner from the 9th Combat Service Support Battalion, is deployed to Kangaroo Island, SA, in support of Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

South Australian local, Navy Reserve Medical Officer Lieutenant Andrew Southcott, didn’t hesitate to answer the call to provide medical support to the people of Kangaroo Island when the call went out.

Navy Medic’s local link to bushfire communities

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer)

Leading Seaman Medic (Underwater) Kiah Chapple prepares medical equipment in the flight deck triage onboard HMAS Adelaide during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Leading Seaman Medic (Underwater) Kiah Chapple prepares medical equipment in the flight deck triage onboard HMAS Adelaide during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

For some members of HMAS Adelaide’s ship’s company, being part of the ADF’s bushfire relief operation has been more meaningful because of their personal connections with the communities affected by the fires.

Industry provides enabling support to bushfire task force at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), POIS Tom Gibson (photographer), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Mark Curtis and Shadbolt contractor Scott Reid perform a confined space entry on the sewage treatment plant of HMAS Adelaide during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Mark Curtis and Shadbolt contractor Scott Reid perform a confined space entry on the sewage treatment plant of HMAS Adelaide during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

Taking a ship at ‘72 hours notice for sea’ and preparing her to sail in less than 48 hours is no small feat - even more so when you’re talking about the biggest ship in the Navy’s Fleet.

ATG collaborates with regional authorities on bushfire relief op

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer)

Members of the NSW Police, Rural Firefighting Service and the ADF Amphibious Task Group work together in the Joint Operations Room onboard HMAS Adelaide during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Members of the NSW Police, Rural Firefighting Service and the ADF Amphibious Task Group work together in the Joint Operations Room onboard HMAS Adelaide during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

Staff from the Amphibious Task Group embarked in HMAS Adelaide have been forging close ties and collaborative relationships with regional authorities supporting efforts ashore during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. 

Bushfire response strikes a personal note with Choules’ ship’s company

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems sailor Afton Mitchell, Able Seaman Marine Technician Liliana Kleber, and Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Helen Frank onboard HMAS Choules during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 2019-20. (photo: LSIS Shane Cameron)

Royal Australian Navy Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems sailor Afton Mitchell, Able Seaman Marine Technician Liliana Kleber, and Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Helen Frank onboard HMAS Choules during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 2019-20.

For many of the Australian Defence Force personnel involved in Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 2019-20 there is an added personal connection to the ongoing emergency through family and friends directly impacted by the fires.