HMAS Adelaide Joins Fire Relief

Filed under News ~ by Press on  4 Jan 2020

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has begun Operation Bushfire Assist 19-20 with Joint Task Forces in New South Wales and Victoria  following devastating bushfires in the South East of Australia.

HMAS Adelaide  departed Sydney this afternoon to join bushfire relief efforts in south eastern Australia.

HMAS Adelaide is the Royal Australian Navy’s largest amphibious ship and joins HMAS Choules and MV Sycamore in the the affected regions.

HMAS Adelaide prepares to embark a large amount of food and water while alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney, in preparation to join Operation Bushfire Assist

ADF members are working emergency services  in the State Disaster Coordination Centre (SDCC) of the NSW Rural Fire Service Headquarters and alongside the Victorian Country Fire Service and Metropolitan Fire Brigades to best deploy ADF assets.

HMAS Choules and MV Sycamore and Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 helicopters have evacuated people and animals from the fire-affected Victorian coastal town of Mallacoota.

The Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) HMAS Adelaide has also sailed from Sydney this afternoon to join the bushfire relief efforts and support the evacuation of people from fire-affected communities.

The ADF is also providing transport and other assistance such as aviation ground support, logistics, engineering and accommodation support to the firefighting effort.

HMAS Adelaide ~ Images Australian Defence

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