Topic: HMAS Choules (L100)

Drinking from the sea

Published on by POIS Helen Frank (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

MV Sycamore conducts a rendezvous with HMAS Choules, right, during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

MV Sycamore conducts a rendezvous with HMAS Choules, right, during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

Surrounded by water but not a drop to drink. Where does a Royal Australian Navy ship get its drinking water from? HMAS Choules’ water making capability was recently tested when the ship evacuated 1100 people from Mallacoota during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

ADF bond with Mallacoota community forged by fire

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Max Logan (author), LSIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Choules Commander Scott Houlihan speaks with Emergency Management Commissioner for Victoria Andrew Crisp, APM, during a ceremony held to commemorate the efforts of all involved with the bushfire effort in Mallacoota. (photo: LSIS Kieren Whiteley)

Commanding Officer HMAS Choules Commander Scott Houlihan speaks with Emergency Management Commissioner for Victoria Andrew Crisp, APM, during a ceremony held to commemorate the efforts of all involved with the bushfire effort in Mallacoota.

The unveiling of a plaque in the heart of Mallacoota will become a strong symbol of the close bond between the Australian Defence Force and local community forged during the devastating 2019-2020 bushfires.

Army’s Amphibious Beach Team extends Choules’ capabilities on land

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Evacuees are transported from Mallacoota via a LARC (Lighter, Amphibious, Resupply, Cargo) transport vessel to awaiting ships during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: )

Evacuees are transported from Mallacoota via a LARC (Lighter, Amphibious, Resupply, Cargo) transport vessel to awaiting ships during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

The ability of Navy and Army to combine for an expanded amphibious capability has been put to the test throughout the ongoing bushfire emergency in south-east Australia this summer.

Logistics sailor credits gap year for providing career direction

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

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jayden Mansfield onboard HMAS Choules during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: LSIS Shane Cameron)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jayden Mansfield onboard HMAS Choules during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

Twelve months in the ADF Gap Year Program provided the career direction that Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Personnel Operations Jayden Mansfield was seeking, but it was the TV series Sea Patrol that first inspired him to join the Royal Australian Navy.

MV Sycamore provides versatility to the fleet

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Helen Frank (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

MV Sycamore conducts a rendezvous with HMAS Choules to transfer personnel posting onto the ship during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

MV Sycamore conducts a rendezvous with HMAS Choules to transfer personnel posting onto the ship during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

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.

Duty and service in the family

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), POIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Seaman Marine Technician Zachariah Remnant checks the list of evacuees with a member of the Victoria Police. (photo: POIS Helen Frank)

Seaman Marine Technician Zachariah Remnant checks the list of evacuees with a member of the Victoria Police.

When Royal Australian Navy Seaman Marine Technician Zachariah Remnant answered the call to join HMAS Choules to support Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20, he came with insights into what was involved in helping in an emergency.

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.