Rockingham sailor assists WA police

This article has photo gallery Published on CAPT Leigh Smith (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

Location(s): Hill River, WA

Topic(s): Operation COVID-19 ASSIST

Seaman Boatswains Mate Kade Fitzsimmons, from Port Services at HMAS Stirling, at a police check point on Brand Highway in Hill River, Western Australia during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)
Seaman Boatswains Mate Kade Fitzsimmons, from Port Services at HMAS Stirling, at a police check point on Brand Highway in Hill River, Western Australia during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

While deployed on Operation COVID-19 ASSIST in Western Australia, Rockingham resident Seaman Kade Boatswains Mate Fitzsimmons feels honoured to be helping stop the spread in his state.

Joining the Navy just 12 months ago, this is Seaman Fitzsimmons’ first time on an operation.

Never quite envisioning his first operation to be on land, he said it was different to what he expected.

“While it’s different to what I imagined, it has been a great experience,” Seaman Fitzsimmons said.

“Working with different agencies like WA Police has been great and I’ve been able to learn lots of new things.”

Working in Port Services at HMAS Stirling, Seaman Fitzsimmons helps with berthing and slipping ships, crane work and other general jobs around the base.

On Operation COVID-19 ASSIST, he is helping WA Police at three police checkpoints on main highways across WA’s regional boundaries.

Joint Task Group 629.6 comprises more than 200 ADF personnel and brings many capabilities that contribute to the WA emergency response effort.