Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), CPOA Brett Kennedy (photographer), POIS Helen Frank (photographer), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer)
When Lieutenant Commander Nick Grimmer first came to the Royal Australian Navy’s 808 Squadron on a three-year exchange from the Royal Navy, he was more attuned to searching for submarines than searching for people cut-off from raging bushfires.
Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer), LS Phil Secomb (photographer)
While hundreds of Navy members were rushing back from leave to join the ADF’s bushfire response, others were pulling on uniforms of a different colour to serve their communities as volunteer rural and country firefighters.
Published on by LCDR Des Paroz (author), POIS Helen Frank (photographer), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer)
For the nearly 1500 guests who have been evacuated from the Victorian town of Mallacoota to Western Port on board HMAS Choules, the journey was made easier by the presence of people from other agencies who helped the ship’s company look after them.
Published on by LCDR Des Paroz (author), POIS Helen Frank (photographer)
With the national bushfire emergency still ongoing, the Royal Australian Navy amphibious ship HMAS Choules - dubbed by many on social media as the ‘Mallacoota Ferry’ - has completed a second evacuation from Mallacoota in Victoria’s East Gippsland region.
Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author and photographer)
There may have been some dark days to the start of her year, but the candles on bushfire evacuee Tiffany Bragg’s birthday cake have shed a little light onto a special day - even if in a temporary home called HMAS Harman.
Published on by LCDR Des Paroz (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer), POIS Helen Frank (photographer)
The Royal Australian Navy amphibious ship HMAS Choules arrived in Western Port, Victoria on 4 January 2020, having evacuated 1117 residents and holidaymakers from Mallacoota, following the devastating New Year’s Eve bushfires.