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  • australia Australian Bushfires 2019-2020

    East coast


    2019





    Australian Bushfires 2019-2020

    Australia’s climate has a hot dry season in Summer and this season’s bush fires started in Sep 2019, after sporadic fires as early as Jul 2019, made worse by coming after a period of prolonged drought.

    The previous worse fires were in 2009 on Black Saturday when $4.4Bn economic damage was caused and devastated 450,000 hectares, to the north of Melborne. This season has destroyed at least 8.4M hectares all along the south east coast, including serious damage to Cobargo and Mogo on the NSW south coast, and Mallacoota in the far south-east of Victoria. Parts of South Australia and Tasmania have also been affected.

    As well as the consequences of the fires on Australia, smoke and ash plumes from the fires have passed New Zealand in the general easterly circulation and in a report from NASA in early Jan 2020, forecast that they could join up to encircle the southern hemisphere, reducing air quality everywhere.

    The federal government in Canberra had committed at least $AUS 20M by Jan 2020, to lease scores of firefighting aircraft (helicopter and fixed wing) to attack the fires, but the government has been slow to declare a State of Emergency. The Australian Defence Force has partially mobilised to assist and overseas governments have sent troops and equipment to help, in particular New Zealand and Singapore.

    Lives, wildlife and property has been destroyed and in rural areas roads are having to close and food and fuel supplies are being topped up by emergency deliveries by the defence forces. The Australian Red Cross is coordinating international donations of money ( https://fundraise.redcross.org.au/drr ) to fight more than 200 individual blazes.
    In a 27 Jan 2020 ceremony near Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island, SA, a unit of New Zealand engineers departed after specialist support during Operation Bushfire Assist.


    News


    Singapore Chinooks Ended Bushfires Mission, 07-Feb-20 : #AustraliaBushfires The two Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) CH-47D Chinook ended their 1-month deployment for Operation Bushfires Assist flying over 30 sorties

    Bristow Supports Singapore Chinooks in Australia, 15-Jan-20 : #AustraliaBushfire Bristow Defence Industries (BDI) supported the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) training detachment based in Oakey, Queensland to deployed the two CH-47D Chinook to RAAF East Sale against the Australian Bushfires

    Operation Bushfire Assist 2019-2020, 10-Jan-20 : #bushfires Summary of Australian Defence Force (ADF) humanitarian aid response for Operation Bushfire Assist 2019-2020. The ADF has been working with Emergency Management in firefighting efforts in NSW, QLD, WA, VIC and SA since November 8

    Singapore Chinooks Joins Australia Bushfires Fight, 08-Jan-20 : #AustraliaBushfires Two Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) CH-47D Chinook helicopters from the training detachment based at Australian Army Aviation Centre Oakey were deployed to RAAF East Sale in Victoria to join the Australian bushfires firefighting campaign

    Kiwi NH90 Deployed Against Australia Bushfires, 08-Jan-20 : #Bushfires Kiwi contingent to take flight for cousins. RAAF C-17 cargo aircraft delivering three Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters to Australia for firefighting as part of Operation Bushfire Assist

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    NH Industries
    MRH90 Taipan

    A40-022 pictured departing Canberra Airport for bushfire tasking.
    NH Industries
    MRH90 Taipan

    A40-022 pictured departing Canberra Airport for bushfire tasking.

    Aerospatiale
    AS350B2 Ecureuil

    VH-ZHM pictured departing Canberra Airport as Firebird 260
    Aerospatiale
    AS350B2 Ecureuil

    VH-ZHM pictured departing Canberra Airport as Firebird 260

    Bell
    212

    VH-UEC pictured (pic2) in NRMA Insurance livery at Wagga Wagga Airport as Helitak 296.
    Bell
    212

    VH-UEC pictured (pic2) in NRMA Insurance livery at Wagga Wagga Airport as Helitak 296.

    Bell
    UH-1D Iroquois

    VH-UEE pictured at Wagga Wagga Airport as Helitak 422
    Bell
    UH-1D Iroquois

    VH-UEE pictured at Wagga Wagga Airport as Helitak 422

    Sikorsky
    S-70A-9 Black Hawk

    A25-210 jan20 pictured (pic2) during Operation Bushfire Assist
    Sikorsky
    S-70A-9 Black Hawk

    A25-210 jan20 pictured (pic2) during Operation Bushfire Assist

    NH Industries
    MRH90 Taipan

    A40-045 pictured in south east Australia operating from HMAS Choules (L100) during Operation Bushfire Assist
    NH Industries
    MRH90 Taipan

    A40-045 pictured in south east Australia operating from HMAS Choules (L100) during Operation Bushfire Assist

    Eurocopter
    AS350B3 Ecureuil

    VH-ZBQ pictured at Wagga Wagga Airport, Frontier Helicopters, operated by Pays Helicopters as Firebird 707.
    Eurocopter
    AS350B3 Ecureuil

    VH-ZBQ pictured at Wagga Wagga Airport, Frontier Helicopters, operated by Pays Helicopters as Firebird 707.

    NH Industries
    NH90 TTH

    NZ3302 06jan19 pictured (pic2) first of three NH90 by RAAF C-17 to Australia for Operation Bushfire Assist
    NH Industries
    NH90 TTH

    NZ3302 06jan19 pictured (pic2) first of three NH90 by RAAF C-17 to Australia for Operation Bushfire Assist

    Bell
    206L-3 Long Ranger

    VH-ZUY pictured (pic2) at Wagga Wagga Airport as Firebird 295.
    Bell
    206L-3 Long Ranger

    VH-ZUY pictured (pic2) at Wagga Wagga Airport as Firebird 295.

    Boeing
    CH-47F Chinook

    A15-301 pictured (pic2) departing a hazy Wagga Wagga after a fuel stop, on route to assist with the bushfires in Victoria.
    Boeing
    CH-47F Chinook

    A15-301 pictured (pic2) departing a hazy Wagga Wagga after a fuel stop, on route to assist with the bushfires in Victoria.

    Boeing
    CH-47F Chinook

    A15-308 pictured departing a hazy Wagga Wagga after a fuel stop, on route to assist with the bushfires in Victoria.
    Boeing
    CH-47F Chinook

    A15-308 pictured departing a hazy Wagga Wagga after a fuel stop, on route to assist with the bushfires in Victoria.

    Boeing
    CH-47F Chinook

    A15-303 pictured (pic2) departing a hazy Wagga Wagga after a fuel stop, on route to assist with the bushfires in Victoria.
    Boeing
    CH-47F Chinook

    A15-303 pictured (pic2) departing a hazy Wagga Wagga after a fuel stop, on route to assist with the bushfires in Victoria.

    Sikorsky
    MH-60R Seahawk

    N48-021 pictured 816 Sqn Flight 6 at Wagga Wagga Airport.
    Sikorsky
    MH-60R Seahawk

    N48-021 pictured 816 Sqn Flight 6 at Wagga Wagga Airport.

    Eurocopter
    AS350B2 Ecureuil

    VH-XXM pictured at HMAS Albatross as Firebird 208
    Eurocopter
    AS350B2 Ecureuil

    VH-XXM pictured at HMAS Albatross as Firebird 208

    Bell
    UH-1D Iroquois

    VH-OXU pictured (pic3) at HMAS Albatross, as Helitak 258
    Bell
    UH-1D Iroquois

    VH-OXU pictured (pic3) at HMAS Albatross, as Helitak 258

    Sikorsky
    UH-60A Black Hawk

    N563DJ pictured (pic2) at HMAS Albatross as Helitak 260
    Sikorsky
    UH-60A Black Hawk

    N563DJ pictured (pic2) at HMAS Albatross as Helitak 260

    Bell
    204B

    VH-VRC pictured at HMAS Albatross as Helitak 297
    Bell
    204B

    VH-VRC pictured at HMAS Albatross as Helitak 297

    Eurocopter
    AS350B2 Ecureuil

    VH-ICM pictured HMAS Albatross, as Firebird 288
    Eurocopter
    AS350B2 Ecureuil

    VH-ICM pictured HMAS Albatross, as Firebird 288

    Aerospatiale
    AS350B Ecureuil

    VH-JVS pictured (pic2) at at HMAS Albatross, as Firebird 272
    Aerospatiale
    AS350B Ecureuil

    VH-JVS pictured (pic2) at at HMAS Albatross, as Firebird 272

    Bell
    206B-2 Jet Ranger

    VH-BLR pictured at HMAS Albatross, Firebird 231 returning from the fire ground.
    Bell
    206B-2 Jet Ranger

    VH-BLR pictured at HMAS Albatross, Firebird 231 returning from the fire ground.

    Bell
    214B

    N281JL pictured at Wagga Wagga Airport, heading to Tasmania as Helitak 413.
    Bell
    214B

    N281JL pictured at Wagga Wagga Airport, heading to Tasmania as Helitak 413.

    Bell
    UH-1H Iroquois

    VH-LUE pictured (pic3) at HMAS Albatross as Helitak 272
    Bell
    UH-1H Iroquois

    VH-LUE pictured (pic3) at HMAS Albatross as Helitak 272

    Bell
    412SP

    C-FWTQ pictured at HMAS Albatross as Helitak 274
    Bell
    412SP

    C-FWTQ pictured at HMAS Albatross as Helitak 274

    Kawasaki Heavy Industries
    BK117B-1

    VH-FHF pictured (pic2) at HMAS Albatross as Helitak 226
    Kawasaki Heavy Industries
    BK117B-1

    VH-FHF pictured (pic2) at HMAS Albatross as Helitak 226

    Bell
    214B

    C-GOOB pictured HMAS Albatross operating for McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia as Helitak 408
    Bell
    214B

    C-GOOB pictured HMAS Albatross operating for McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia as Helitak 408

    Aerospatiale
    AS350B Ecureuil

    VH-UTM as as Firebird 242 pictured at HMAS Albatross
    Aerospatiale
    AS350B Ecureuil

    VH-UTM as as Firebird 242 pictured at HMAS Albatross

    Aerospatiale
    AS350D Astar

    VH-TSV pictured at Narrabri Airport, as Firebird 227
    Aerospatiale
    AS350D Astar

    VH-TSV pictured at Narrabri Airport, as Firebird 227

    Bell
    UH-1H Iroquois

    VH-LUE pictured (pic2) at Narrabri Airport, as Helitak 272. Fitted with a new tail boom.
    Bell
    UH-1H Iroquois

    VH-LUE pictured (pic2) at Narrabri Airport, as Helitak 272. Fitted with a new tail boom.

    Bell
    206B-3 Jet Ranger

    VH-JWF pictured Narrabri Airport, as Firebird 239
    Bell
    206B-3 Jet Ranger

    VH-JWF pictured Narrabri Airport, as Firebird 239

    Bell
    206L-3 Long Ranger

    VH-ONR pictured (pic2) at Narrabri Airport, as Firebird 233
    Bell
    206L-3 Long Ranger

    VH-ONR pictured (pic2) at Narrabri Airport, as Firebird 233

    Eurocopter
    AS350B2 Ecureuil

    VH-ONS pictured at Narrabri Airport, operating as Firebird 221
    Eurocopter
    AS350B2 Ecureuil

    VH-ONS pictured at Narrabri Airport, operating as Firebird 221

    Bell
    204B

    VH-EJL pictured (pic2) at Narrabri Airport as Helitak 343
    Bell
    204B

    VH-EJL pictured (pic2) at Narrabri Airport as Helitak 343

    Sikorsky
    CH-54A Tarhe

    N247AC as /Jerry pictured at Wagga Wagga Airport, Australia
    Sikorsky
    CH-54A Tarhe

    N247AC as /Jerry pictured at Wagga Wagga Airport, Australia



    Ships

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    ClassesShips
    Assault Carrier  Canberra class   Royal Australian Navy LHD 01 HMAS Adelaide,
    Landing Ship/Platform Dock  Bay class   Royal Australian Navy L100 HMAS Choules,
    Support Ship  Sycamore class   Royal Australian Navy mv Sycamore,





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