The Singapore Armed Forces has concluded its operations in support of the Australian Government’s bushfire relief efforts in south-eastern Australia on Feb. 6.
Two Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the RSAF’s detachment in Oakey, Australia, were deployed to the Royal Australian Air Force Base East Sale in Victoria, Australia, and commenced relief operations on 9 January 2020 alongside the Australian Defence Force.
The RSAF helicopters contributed to relief efforts by delivering firefighting equipment and relief supplies, and transporting emergency service personnel. In total, the RSAF helicopters flew over 30 sorties, transported more than 260 persons and ferried close to 73 tons of supplies.
A total of 71 RSAF personnel from the Oakey detachment, comprising pilots, aircrew and engineers, were deployed for this mission. The two Chinook helicopters and RSAF personnel will arrive back in Oakey on Feb. 7.