For Leading Seaman Tina Dummett, the Australian bushfire crisis has hit close to home.
The Combat Systems Operator, who is currently deployed on Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20, grew up right in the middle of one of the worst-affected bushfire areas.
Leading Seaman Dummett, who is currently posted to HMAS Adelaide, grew up on a farm in Verona, north of Bega.
Being embarked in the ship in Twofold Bay near Eden makes Leading Seaman Dummett a valuable asset to the shore parties being sent out from Adelaide.
She has contributed her local knowledge to the ship’s part in the bushfire relief mission, especially as part of a support mission to Verona in one of the ship’s embarked helicopters.
“Seeing the destruction from the air on the community I grew up in is very sad,” Leading Seaman Dummett said.
“All my friends are in Bega and I used to work in Cobargo.
“The people I worked for have lost their business,” she said.
Leading Seaman Dummett is proud of her support to the local community and glad to have the opportunity to help.
“My family are lucky they only lost a few items on the farm, but the home is safe.
“Many others have been less fortunate, so I am glad the Navy has been here to help out,” she said.
This is the first time since joining the Navy four years ago that Leading Seaman Dummett has been part of a Humanitarian Aid/Disaster Relief mission.
When the call up came to join the ship, she was on holiday in Tasmania, but was quick to return to the ship in time to sail.
“This has been quite an experience supporting the place I grew up in, and one I won’t forget,” she said.
Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 imagery is available on the Defence Image Gallery: