A new boat ramp and training shelter facilities at HMAS Moreton were given the thumbs up by local emergency at a recent training exercise.
The facilities were used by the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) to deliver Flood Boat Operator training for 28 operators with specialist equipment, boats and vehicles.
Commanding Officer Moreton, Commander Gerald Savvakis said the exercise demonstrated Defence support for local emergency services to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and emergencies.
“Moreton’s upgraded facilities provide a great opportunity for cross-agency interaction and bodes well for joint activities into the future,” Commander Savvakis said.
SES Operational Capability Officer, Mr Col Hortshoj, said the units had a very successful training session with all goals achieved.
“The operators enjoyed the ease of operating from Moreton’s boat ramp without impacting on the public and with direct access to a great training area,” Mr Hjortshoj said.
The new boat ramp and training shelter are part of a $16 million base upgrade to reinvigorate operational capability at Moreton.
Other facilities on the base include a multi-user facility and conference centre, transit accommodation building, storage facilities and a new gangway.
Further activities have been scheduled throughout the year for local emergency services to utilise the new training and conferencing facilities.