Topic: Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST

Navy returns to Eden to aid in bushfire recovery

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author), ABIS Leon Dafonte Fernandez (photographer)

NUSHIP Supply crew with BlazeAid volunteers and bushfire assistance recipients, Barry and Nerida Heseltine, at their farm in Bega Valley Shire, NSW. (photo: ABIS Leon Dafonte Fernandez)

NUSHIP Supply crew with BlazeAid volunteers and bushfire assistance recipients, Barry and Nerida Heseltine, at their farm in Bega Valley Shire, NSW.

Almost a year after HMAS Adelaide provided logistics support to Eden during the bushfire crisis, Navy returned to help the still recovering community rebuild.

Navy helicopter crew helps to sustain wildlife as burnt-out bush regenerates

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Leading Seaman Aircrewman Bradley Thomas of 808 Squadron dropping carrots from an MRH-90 helicopter to feed local wildlife in the fire ravaged Moreton National Park near HMAS Albatross, NSW. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Leading Seaman Aircrewman Bradley Thomas of 808 Squadron dropping carrots from an MRH-90 helicopter to feed local wildlife in the fire ravaged Moreton National Park near HMAS Albatross, NSW.

Shoalhaven Mayor, Councillor Amanda Findley got a ‘birdies’ eye view of the devastation caused by the recent bushfires when she joined 808 Squadron in an MRH-90 helicopter to conduct a fodder drop for wildlife whose primary food sources had been depleted.

Drinking from the sea

Published on by POIS Helen Frank (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

MV Sycamore conducts a rendezvous with HMAS Choules, right, during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

MV Sycamore conducts a rendezvous with HMAS Choules, right, during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

Surrounded by water but not a drop to drink. Where does a Royal Australian Navy ship get its drinking water from? HMAS Choules’ water making capability was recently tested when the ship evacuated 1100 people from Mallacoota during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

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.

Logistics sailor credits gap year for providing career direction

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

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jayden Mansfield onboard HMAS Choules during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: LSIS Shane Cameron)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jayden Mansfield onboard HMAS Choules during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

Twelve months in the ADF Gap Year Program provided the career direction that Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Personnel Operations Jayden Mansfield was seeking, but it was the TV series Sea Patrol that first inspired him to join the Royal Australian Navy.

Emu reels in big bushfire donations

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Petty Officer Aircrewman Liam 'Emu' Carruthers hands Garry Brown, Deputy Captain of the Sussex Inlet Rural Fire Brigade, a cheque for $9000, the proceeds of the charity auction he organised. L-R: Terry Davies, Debbie Simpson, Wally Cook, Garry Brown, Petty Officer Aircrewman Liam Carruthers, Manfred Simpson, Terry Davies, Jim Denchem and Mandy Cropper. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Petty Officer Aircrewman Liam 'Emu' Carruthers hands Garry Brown, Deputy Captain of the Sussex Inlet Rural Fire Brigade, a cheque for $9000, the proceeds of the charity auction he organised. L-R: Terry Davies, Debbie Simpson, Wally Cook, Garry Brown, Petty Officer Aircrewman Liam Carruthers, Manfred Simpson, Terry Davies, Jim Denchem and Mandy Cropper.

Outside of working hours, 725 Squadron’s Petty Officer Aircrewman Liam ‘Emu’ Carruthers is a keen angler, who regularly competes in and wins fishing tournaments around Australia.

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.