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Fire operations under threat of fire

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN thanks Station Officer Stephen Peacock of Broadspectrum firefighting service at HMAS Albatross for their service during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN thanks Station Officer Stephen Peacock of Broadspectrum firefighting service at HMAS Albatross for their service during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

HMAS Albatross and its resident squadrons have made a significant contribution to the aerial component of the NSW Rural Fire Service’s bushfire operations, but the efforts of the base’s contracted firefighters have been equally important in keeping the Naval Air Station at Albatross in the fight.

Teamwork key to helicopter recovery

This article has photo gallery Published on by FLTLT Courtney Jay (author), SGT Bill Solomou (photographer)

An Australian Army Heavy Recovery Vehicle is used to successfully recover a NSW RFS-contracted helicopter that ditched into the Ben Boyd Reservoir, near Eden, NSW. (photo: SGT Bill Solomou)

An Australian Army Heavy Recovery Vehicle is used to successfully recover a NSW RFS-contracted helicopter that ditched into the Ben Boyd Reservoir, near Eden, NSW.

On 12 January, Fire and Rescue New South Wales and members of the ADF successfully retrieved a helicopter that was forced to ditch into the Ben Boyd Reservoir, near the township of Eden, on 9 January.

Toowoomba departs for sixth Middle East deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), POIS James Whittle (photographer), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

Family members watch on as HMAS Toowoomba departs Fleet Base West, WA. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Family members watch on as HMAS Toowoomba departs Fleet Base West, WA.

The Anzac Class frigate HMAS Toowoomba has departed her homeport of Fleet Base West in Rockingham, Western Australia for a six-month deployment to the Middle East.

Royal Navy aviator supports ADF’s bushfire efforts

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), CPOA Brett Kennedy (photographer), POIS Helen Frank (photographer), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Pilot Lieutenant Commander Nick Grimmer, RN, in an 808 Squadron MRH-90 Taipan Maritime Support Helicopter over the Grose Valley bushfire in the Blue Mountains National Park, NSW. (photo: CPOA Brett Kennedy)

Royal Australian Navy Pilot Lieutenant Commander Nick Grimmer, RN, in an 808 Squadron MRH-90 Taipan Maritime Support Helicopter over the Grose Valley bushfire in the Blue Mountains National Park, NSW.

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.

Dedication to family and community drives Navy’s volunteer firefighters

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer), LS Phil Secomb (photographer)

Lieutenant Matt Urquhart from HMAS Albatross fights a fire on the New South Wales south coast as a member of the NSW Rural Fire Service, during the 2019-20 Australian bushfire crisis. (photo: )

Lieutenant Matt Urquhart from HMAS Albatross fights a fire on the New South Wales south coast as a member of the NSW Rural Fire Service, during the 2019-20 Australian bushfire crisis.

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.

Multiagency collaboration at sea ensures success of evacuation mission

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

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Operations Support Cassidy Browell transcribes names of evacuees at Mallacoota during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: POIS Helen Frank)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Operations Support Cassidy Browell transcribes names of evacuees at Mallacoota during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

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.

Second evacuation by ‘Mallacoota Ferry’ complete

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

An LCM8 transits from HMAS Choules to HMAS Cerberus to disembark evacuees from Mallacoota during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 as the ship takes on supplies via the ship's MRH-90 Maritime Support Helicopter. (photo: POIS Helen Frank)

An LCM8 transits from HMAS Choules to HMAS Cerberus to disembark evacuees from Mallacoota during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 as the ship takes on supplies via the ship's MRH-90 Maritime Support Helicopter.

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.

Young fire evacuee celebrates 12th birthday with new Navy family

Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author and photographer)

Bushfire evacuee Tiffany Bragg celebrates her 12th birthday with members of her family (and new Navy family) at HMAS Harman. (photo: LEUT Ben Robson)

Bushfire evacuee Tiffany Bragg celebrates her 12th birthday with members of her family (and new Navy family) at HMAS Harman.

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.

Embarked medical team inspired by personal links to bushfire-affected communities

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer)

HMAS Adelaide's embarked nursing officers, Lieutenant Commander Thomas Miller, front, and Lieutenant Travis Robinson in the treatment room during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

HMAS Adelaide's embarked nursing officers, Lieutenant Commander Thomas Miller, front, and Lieutenant Travis Robinson in the treatment room during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

Two members of the medical team embarked in HMAS Adelaide have direct links to the bushfire-affected communities they are helping.

HMAS Adelaide demonstrates capability during crisis

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer), POIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Petty Officer Marine Technician Brendan McDermott assembles stretcher beds onboard HMAS Adelaide in response to Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Petty Officer Marine Technician Brendan McDermott assembles stretcher beds onboard HMAS Adelaide in response to Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

The Royal Australian Navy’s largest ship, Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Adelaide has joined HMAS Choules and MV Sycamore in support of Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.