Australian Bushfire Support


The devastating bushfires that have plagued Australia in recent weeks have required large numbers of air assets to suppress the fires, move firefighters and equipment and evacuate civilians. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has supported this effort and its photographers have captured many of the aircraft involved. Photos (C) Commonwealth of Australia

RAAF Base Williamtown is providing refueling and water re-supply support to a Large Aerial Tanker (LAT) from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. The Australian Defence Force  is working with Emergency Management Australia to support the firefighting efforts in New South Wales and Queensland. CPL Craig Barrett, RAAF

A Kestrel Aviation Bell 212 helicopter picks up water from a farm dam, in support of the firefighting efforts in New South Wales. ABIS Leo Baumgartner, RAN

Royal Australian Navy Aircrewman, Petty Officer Jason Wickman assesses the Grose Valley bushfire in the Blue Mountains National Park during a sortie on an 808 Squadron MRH90 Taipan Military Support Helicopter.  CPOA Brett Kennedy, RAN

The flight deck glows orange from the bushfires below as the aircrew of a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules attempts to land at Merimbula airfield to deploy Fire and Rescue crews from the Mid-North Coast region of NSW to assist fighting the bushfires. SGT Christopher Dickson, RAAF

The flight deck marshaller signals to the pilot of HMAS Choules MRH-90 Maritime Support Helicopter at sunset. HMAS Choules and MV Sycamore sailed from Sydney and will operate off the Southern NSW/North East Victorian coast to provide support to communities cut off due to the bushfires. LSIS Shane Cameron, RAN

A New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) RJ85 ‘Boomer’ Large Air Tanker taxies along the flight line at RAAF Base Edinburgh. SGT Pete Gammie, RAAF

A Royal New Zealand Air Force C130 Hercules lands at RAAF Base Edinburgh delivering New Zealand Army Combat Engineers to assist in Operation Bushfire Assist 19-20. SGT Pete Gammie, RAAF

A C-130J Hercules from No.37 Squadron, RAAF Base Richmond, arrives in Canberra after transporting NSW Fire and Rescue crews from the Mid-North Coast of NSW to assist in fighting the bushfires near Marimbula.  The Royal Australian Air Force is dedicating five aircraft including C-27J Spartan, C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster to directly support civilian agencies in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia as well as logistics, ground support, health, specialist capabilities and accommodation from a number of bases. SGT Christopher Dickson

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