Soldiers from the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, who were deployed to aged care facilities as part of Operation COVID-19 Assist, assisted with flood preparation and subsequent recovery efforts at Brisbane-based facilities.
From Friday 25 February 2022, following a request by Queensland Police, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) commenced assistance to Queensland authorities and communities in the South-East of the state, affected by severe flooding.
Two Australian Army MRH-90 Taipan helicopters from the School of Army Aviation, based at Oakey near Toowoomba, immediately commenced search and rescue operations on Friday evening. The helicopters are crewed by Australian Army personnel and Defence contractors.
Aircrews continue to conduct rescues under extremely difficult weather conditions and an additional ADF personnel are on standby and making preparations to further support efforts at the direction of the State Government.