Topic: HMAS Adelaide (L01)
The civilian crew of the Navy-contracted MV Sycamore have relished an expanded role during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 - the ship has modified her operations, away from her usual role, to support the ADF’s bushfire response.
When a significant military force needs to work collaboratively with a civilian population, as is happening across multiple states as part of Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20, a Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) link between the two is essential.
The ongoing bushfire recovery effort in Australia’s south east has seen one young Navy sailor at sea serving on the same operation as her Army Sergeant father ashore.
The crew, task group staff and embarked forces in HMAS Adelaide are on station off the New South Wales south coast, providing relief and support to regional communities impacted by the bushfires.
For some members of HMAS Adelaide’s ship’s company, being part of the ADF’s bushfire relief operation has been more meaningful because of their personal connections with the communities affected by the fires.
Taking a ship at ‘72 hours notice for sea’ and preparing her to sail in less than 48 hours is no small feat - even more so when you’re talking about the biggest ship in the Navy’s Fleet.
Staff from the Amphibious Task Group embarked in HMAS Adelaide have been forging close ties and collaborative relationships with regional authorities supporting efforts ashore during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.
For Leading Seaman Tina Dummett, the Australian bushfire crisis has hit close to home. The Combat Systems Operator, currently deployed on Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20, grew up right in the middle of one of the worst-affected bushfire areas.
Two members of the medical team embarked in HMAS Adelaide have direct links to the bushfire-affected communities they are helping.
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.