Advanced Medical Assistant Able Seaman Mele Buadromo, from the Maritime Operations Health Unit, is deployed to Fawkner, Victoria in support of Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: LAC John Solomon)
Advanced Medical Assistant Able Seaman Mele Buadromo, from the Maritime Operations Health Unit, is deployed to Fawkner, Victoria in support of Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Sailor proud to support her community

As part of the ADF’s Operation COVID-19 ASSIST in Victoria, about 200 medical personnel have been deployed to support the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) COVID-19 testing sites around Melbourne.


  • Commander of the Defence COVID-19 taskforce, Lieutenant General John Frewen, DSC, AM, promotes Leading Seaman Maritime Personnel Operator Morgan Foster to the rank of Midshipman at a ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: POIS Bradley Darvill)

    Changeover switches caps for new challenges

    Senior Navy, Army and Air Force officers and sailors gathered at Russell Offices in Canberra this week to acknowledge the promotion of Leading Seaman Morgan Foster to Midshipman, marking a new milestone in her career.


  • Chief Petty Officer Tony Yarnold, from HMAS Moreton, has worked as the Tactical Operations Centre Watch Keeper and the Duty Officer for Quarantine Control out of Brisbane, Queensland, as part of Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: TPR Jonathan Goedhart)

    A birthday to remember

    After a 19-year hiatus, Chief Petty Officer Tony Yarnold rejoined the Royal Australian Navy to provide support for Operation COVID-19 ASSIST - and along the way celebrated his 60th birthday.





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Aircrewman by day, champion fisherman by nature

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