Naval Warfare

RAN vessels support Operation Bushfire Assist 19-20

10th January 2020 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Australian Royal Navy (RAN) vessels are demonstrating their humanitarian response capabilities during Australia’s Operation Bushfire Assist 19-20.

The RAN’s landing helicopter dock HMAS Adelaide has joined HMAS Choules and MV Sycamore in support of operations, and is now positioned in Twofold Bay near Eden preparing for all contingencies.

Crew are conducting liaison meetings with local authorities, police and fire crews, and medical staff have provided some initial first aid support to local communities.

The light vehicle deck on Adelaide has been transformed into an emergency accommodation area for any potential evacuees. Staff have prepared bedding, refreshments and care facilities, along with phone charger points and pet support facilities.

The crew is also preparing for assistance activities ranging from medical care, food packages and communications to engineering support.

HMAS Adelaide in conjunction with other Australian Defence Force assets will continue to provide support in the region as requested by the relevant authorities.

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