Two Australian Army Black Hawk helicopter flew to Lismore yesterday afternoon to assist local authorities with flood relief operations in the inundated region.
The helicopters and crew, normally based at the Australian Army Aviation Training Centre in Oakey, Queensland, were dispatched to the region following a request from NSW authorities, through Emergency Management Australia.
Acting Deputy Commander Joint Operation Commodore Michael Noonan said the two helicopters and crews would provide much needed support to local agencies dealing with the flooding.
“The Black Hawks are equipped with winching systems and have been fitted with long-range fuel tanks for increased tasking endurance,” Commodore Noonan said. “If required, the crew also have their full suite of night vision equipment to allow operations into the evening.”
The Black Hawks will initially stage from Lismore, but are capable of operating across the flood-affected region.
Army and Navy helicopters played a crucial role in supporting flood relief operations in South-East Queensland and Victoria in 2011.
Defence remains postured to support State and Federal agencies should specialist assistance or equipment be required.
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