Japan Self Defence Force is sending two C-130 Hercules and associated personnel to assist in Operation Bushfire Assist 19-20.
CAPTION: Japan Self-Defense Force personnel walk from their C-130H Hercules after arriving at RAAF Base Richmond to assist in Operation Bushfire Assist. Photo by David Said.
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Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said Australia gratefully accepted Japan’s offer to support Australia’s bushfire response.
“Japan’s offer of support is deeply appreciated by the Australian people and demonstrates the strength of the friendship between Australia and Japan,” Minister Reynolds said.
“The Japan Self-Defense Force aircraft will transport military and civilian personnel involved with firefighting, as well as equipment required for recovery efforts.
“As bushfires continue to impact vast areas of Australia, the Australian Defence Force has made a significant contribution to support the bushfire response and recovery effort.
The aircraft will be based at Royal Australian Air Force Base Richmond in western Sydney, New South Wales.