Australian Navy amphibious ship HMAS Choules has returned to Mallacoota,
Victoria, to provide more support to the fire-ravaged coastal town from which
she evacuated more than a-thousand people just days ago.
successfully disembarking the evacuated passengers at Western Port, the crew of
the HMAS Choules conducted a quick turnaround to return to Mallacoota.
Once the evacuees were safely disembarked,
attention turned to Mallacoota
2006-built ship arrived at Western Port on January 4 and, once the evacuees
were safely disembarked, attention turned to the job of reconstituting and
on-loading supplies and equipment to deliver to Mallacoota for the recovery
Mallacoota community isolated only
accessible by sea or air
ship was reconstituted, the next task was to begin on-loading supplies,
equipment and personnel to assist the Mallacoota community that remains
isolated and only accessible by sea or air.
return to Mallacoota, much of our focus will be to provide support to various
agencies as they seek to clear roads and re-open access to the township by
land,” Officer Commanding of Choules’ Ship’s Army Establishment, Major
David English, said.
members who are part of ship’s company means that we can extend the capability
the ship brings in terms of logistics support and ship-to-shore movement of
personnel, vehicles and equipment.”
training ship MV Sycamore and landing helicopter dock ship HMAS Adelaide,
Choules is part of a significant Royal Australian Navy contribution to
the Australian Defence Force’s efforts to support relief efforts for the
current bushfire emergency.