Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Chief of Defence Force General Angus Campbell visited personnel supporting Operation Bushfire Assist 19-20 at HMAS Albatross and on board HMAS Adelaide on January 10.
The pair were keen to see what was happening on the ground and hear about the cooperation between agencies.
"There’s enthusiasm to get out and do the job, and be part of this story of support, relief and rebuilding."
“Some of our people or their families are affected by these bushfires. It really hits home that this is something touching all Australians,” General Campbell said.
“There’s enthusiasm to get out and do the job, and be part of this story of support, relief and rebuilding. We’re helping as one team, the way Australia should always work.”
“I am deeply impressed with the Royal Australian Navy and HMAS Adelaide, working with state and emergency services to help our people.”
The Minister and CDF were flown to HMAS Adelaide and from the air could see the burned bushland near the base.
“I was quite shocked to see just how close they came here at HMAS Albatross and hearing the stories of what it was like on New Year’s Eve when the fire came in,” Minister Reynolds said.
She was impressed with the public’s reaction to ADF personnel responding to the disaster.
“Talking to men and women who’ve lost everything and the sense of relief and happiness when they saw the Adelaide arrive, when they saw our men and women coming, just the huge impact when our ADF personnel fly in, drive in, they knew they weren’t alone, they knew help was there.”