Section: Operations

Sycamore delivers first wave of evacuees to safety

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Willee (author)

Defence and SES Members help evacuees disembark MV Sycamore at Bluescope Wharf in Hastings, Victoria. (photo: )

Defence and SES Members help evacuees disembark MV Sycamore at Bluescope Wharf in Hastings, Victoria.

The first 58 evacuees-by-sea from the fire-affected Victorian seaside town of Mallacoota arrived at the Bluescope Steel Wharf in Hastings this morning, delivered to safety by the Royal Australian Navy training ship MV Sycamore.

Details of the Mallacoota evacuation by sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Des Paroz (author), POIS Helen Frank (photographer), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Evacuees from Mallacoota, Victoria are transported by landing craft to MV Sycamore. (photo: LSIS Shane Cameron)

Evacuees from Mallacoota, Victoria are transported by landing craft to MV Sycamore.

Evacuation of residents and visitors of Mallacoota, Victoria, has commenced with over 1000 civilians embarking in HMAS Choules and MV Sycamore on 3 January.

Navy Task Group sails to support bushfire relief efforts

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HMAS Choules' enhanced medical team disembarks a MRH-90 Taipan Maritime Support Helicopter as the ship prepares to provide support to the communities affected by bushfires. (photo: POIS Helen Frank)

HMAS Choules' enhanced medical team disembarks a MRH-90 Taipan Maritime Support Helicopter as the ship prepares to provide support to the communities affected by bushfires.

A Navy task group departed from their Fleet Base East homeport early on New Year’s Day, in support of multi-agency efforts to provide assistance to communities affected by bushfires on the Australian east coast.

Navy Christmas in the desert

Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author), SGT Kirk Peacock (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy personnel from Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 led by Rear Admiral Mark Hill, CSC RAN at Camp Baird, the ADF's main operating base in the Middle East Region. (photo: SGT Kirk Peacock)

Royal Australian Navy personnel from Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 led by Rear Admiral Mark Hill, CSC RAN at Camp Baird, the ADF's main operating base in the Middle East Region.

With around 600 ADF personnel deployed to Operation ACCORDION in the Middle East, a small but passionate group of 20 Navy members are looking forward to Christmas with a difference.

ADF personnel commence support to IMSC headquarters

Published on by Department of Defence (author), CMDR Michael Miller (photographer)

L-R: Squadron Leader Carl Godwin; Lieutenant Commander Daniel McCall; Lieutenant Commander Glenn Suffolk; Lieutenant Commander Darren Cooper and Warrant Officer Dean McLeod at the International Maritime Security Construct Headquarters in the Middle East. (photo: Commander Michael Miller)

L-R: Squadron Leader Carl Godwin; Lieutenant Commander Daniel McCall; Lieutenant Commander Glenn Suffolk; Lieutenant Commander Darren Cooper and Warrant Officer Dean McLeod at the International Maritime Security Construct Headquarters in the Middle East.

Australian Defence Force support for the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) has been strengthened with the deployment of Navy and Air Force members to the IMSC headquarters in Bahrain.

Aussie-led Combined Task Force 150 ready to go

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Combined Task Force 150 team after successfully completing Mission Readiness Evaluations at Naval Synthetic Warfighting Centre, HMAS Watson, Sydney. (photo: LEUT Tony Wright)

Combined Task Force 150 team after successfully completing Mission Readiness Evaluations at Naval Synthetic Warfighting Centre, HMAS Watson, Sydney.

The pre-deployment preparations and training for the Australian lead Combined Task Force 150 mission wrapped up at HMAS Watson recently, with the task group getting a stamp of approval from the Commodore Flotillas Force Generation Directorate.

Rhiannon’s flying support to bushfire operations

Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Pilot Lieutenant Rhiannon Thompson on the flight line at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, during the Australian Defence Force support to the firefighting efforts in New South Wales and Queensland. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)

Royal Australian Navy Pilot Lieutenant Rhiannon Thompson on the flight line at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, during the Australian Defence Force support to the firefighting efforts in New South Wales and Queensland.

Royal Australian Navy pilot Lieutenant Rhiannon Thompson has come a long way from her school days at Perth Modern School to support firefighting efforts during the catastrophic bushfires across New South Wales in November.

Defence Industry supports Navy helicopters on bushfire operations

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Boeing qualified flying instructors Mr Daniel Mearns, left, and Mr James Scott prepare to depart from Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, to support the firefighting efforts in New South Wales. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)

Boeing qualified flying instructors Mr Daniel Mearns, left, and Mr James Scott prepare to depart from Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, to support the firefighting efforts in New South Wales.

Defence Industry is working hand-in-hand with the Royal Australian Navy to support firefighting efforts throughout New South Wales during one of the most dangerous bushfire weeks the nation has ever seen. 

816 Squadron enhances RFS air attack capability

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A row of Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm aircraft on standby at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, as part of the firefighting efforts in New South Wales. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)

A row of Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm aircraft on standby at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, as part of the firefighting efforts in New South Wales.

The Royal Australian Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopters’ superior Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance cameras and sensors have been working throughout the nights to support firefighting efforts across New South Wales.

Navy helicopters working collaboratively with RFS

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Rural Fire Service volunteer Mr Jeff Hodder, left, and Lieutenant Commander Michael Cairncross, RAN, prepare to leave Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, to support the firefighting efforts in New South Wales. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)

Rural Fire Service volunteer Mr Jeff Hodder, left, and Lieutenant Commander Michael Cairncross, RAN, prepare to leave Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, to support the firefighting efforts in New South Wales.

A Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 helicopter spent the first day of catastrophic fire conditions on search and rescue missions to support firefighting efforts around Kempsey, New South Wales.