In Port Kembla, near Wollongong, NSW, the Ruby Princess cruise ship with more than 200 COVID-19 virus infections among her 1000 crew, is being guarded around the clock by NSW Police and Australian Army patrols.
CAPTION: An Australian Army soldier and a New South Wales Police officer provide security at Port Kembla as part of the Australian government’s COVID-19 response. Photo by Corporal Chris Beerens.
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Australian Defence Force personnel are currently assisting New South Wales Police with quarantine compliance at ports around the state.
This assistance is at the request of the State government and in line with a nationwide response to the COVID-19 crisis.
In this video, Lieutenant Georgia Clare explains a bit about her work with NSW Police and other agencies in Port Kembla.
The ADF is providing customised support to all state and territory authorities to reinforce, amplify and expand their capacity with the impacts of COVD-19.
Around 1600 ADF personnel are currently deployed as part of Operation COVID-19 Assist, according to the latest Defence update – see details here.