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ADF Support to Queensland Floods

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.

Australian Army soldiers from the School of Army Aviation arrive safely at RAAF Base Amberley on Sunday, 27 February 2022, after rescuing several south-east Queensland community members affected by the rising flood waters. (Photo, Bradley Richardson)

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.

Australian Army soldiers from 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, assist a flood-affected nursing home in Brisbane, Queensland. (Photo, LAC John Solomon)

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.

An Australian Army MRH-90 Taipan helicopter from the School of Army Aviation flies over flood-affected properties in the Ballina region of New South Wales as part of Operation Flood Assist 2022. (Photo, CAPT C. Barnett)

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.


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