The Royal Australian Navy’s largest and most capable amphibious ship, HMAS Adelaide, will depart Sydney this afternoon to assist in the combined bushfire efforts in the south east.
CAPTION: Cargo specialists Private Travis Elliot and Private Eboni Fraser load pallets of fresh water onto HMAS Adelaide at Fleet Base East, Sydney, in preparation to sailing as part of Operation Bushfire Assist 19-20. Photo by Able Seaman Benjamin Ricketts.
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HMAS Adelaide will join HMAS Choules and MV Sycamore for tasking across the affected regions.
Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide Captain Johnathon Ley and his crew are preparing for a 4pm departure from Garden Island this afternoon.
Meanwhile, because of the bushfire crisis, Defence has opened bases from Brisbane to Adelaide for the use of people needing short-term evacuation assistance.
In an emergency, you can seek shelter at any Defence base.
Preferred bases in each state for assistance:
(click on the base links for a map)
New South Wales
RAAF Base Wagga – Sturt Highway Forrest Hill Wagga.
Australian Capital Territory
HMAS Harman – Gangway, HMAS Harman
Adelaide – Keswick Barracks, Anzac Highway, Keswick
Contact local state emergency authorities for further help and information if needed.
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