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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.

Navy Doctor contributes to Defence bushfire response in the Adelaide Hills

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

Royal Australian Navy Medical Officer Lieutenant Armand Edison from HMAS Creswell deployed with a mobile medical team in the Adelaide Hills during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: CPL Tristan Kennedy)

Royal Australian Navy Medical Officer Lieutenant Armand Edison from HMAS Creswell deployed with a mobile medical team in the Adelaide Hills during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

Australian Army soldiers have continued to support bushfire affected communities across the Adelaide Hills, bolstered by the arrival of specialist Royal Australian Navy and New Zealand Defence Force personnel.

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.