Topic: HMAS Choules (L100)

Bushfire response strikes a personal note with Choules’ ship’s company

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems sailor Afton Mitchell, Able Seaman Marine Technician Liliana Kleber, and Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Helen Frank onboard HMAS Choules during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 2019-20. (photo: LSIS Shane Cameron)

Royal Australian Navy Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems sailor Afton Mitchell, Able Seaman Marine Technician Liliana Kleber, and Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Helen Frank onboard HMAS Choules during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 2019-20.

For many of the Australian Defence Force personnel involved in Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 2019-20 there is an added personal connection to the ongoing emergency through family and friends directly impacted by the fires.

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.

Choules prepares for return to Mallacoota

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

HMAS Choules leaves Western Port, Victoria to sail back to East Gippsland area in support of Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: POIS Helen Frank)

HMAS Choules leaves Western Port, Victoria to sail back to East Gippsland area in support of Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

HMAS Choules has now returned to Mallacoota, Victoria, to provide more support to the fire-ravaged coastal town from which she evacuated more than a thousand people and 140 pets just days ago.

Choules makes first delivery of evacuees to Western Port

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

Lieutenant Harry Rees escorts an evacuee from Mallacoota, Victoria as she disembarks HMAS Choules with her baby at Western Port. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Lieutenant Harry Rees escorts an evacuee from Mallacoota, Victoria as she disembarks HMAS Choules with her baby at Western Port.

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.

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

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

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.

HMAS Moreton facilitates HADR evolution in the Port of Brisbane

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Russ Benham (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

HMAS Choules coming alongside the Port of Brisbane in Queensland. (photo: )

HMAS Choules coming alongside the Port of Brisbane in Queensland.

During the month of October, the Port of Brisbane was centre stage for the exchange of Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief equipment, including excavator trucks, shipping containers, an LCM8 Landing Craft, LARCs and Army personnel, between HMA Ships Choules and Adelaide.

Newcastle’s legacy, Choules’ future

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Jaqui Meacle (author)

Commanding Officer HMAS Choules, Commander Scott Houlihan, presents the Newcastle Senior School with a $10,000 donation of funds raised by the ship’s company. (photo: )

Commanding Officer HMAS Choules, Commander Scott Houlihan, presents the Newcastle Senior School with a $10,000 donation of funds raised by the ship’s company.

HMAS Choules has added to the legacy left by decommissioned warship Newcastle in supporting the Newcastle Senior School by recently donating $10,000 for educational aids and new sports equipment.

Choules a picturesque classroom

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Herring (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Midshipman Geraldine Gray (left) and Midshipman Maire Starkey (right) keep watch on the bridge of HMAS Choules as the ship transits to Cairns in Queensland. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

Midshipman Geraldine Gray (left) and Midshipman Maire Starkey (right) keep watch on the bridge of HMAS Choules as the ship transits to Cairns in Queensland.

It was a busy afternoon of training for Midshipmen Geraldine Gray and Maire Starkey as they helped pilot the 16,000 tonnes, 176 metre-long Landing Ship Dock, HMAS Choules, through the treacherous Prince of Wales Channel off Australia’s northern coast.