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Chinooks Return From Bushfires

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Reservists from the 10th/27th Battalion, Royal South Australia Regiment, disembark two Australian Army CH-47 Chinooks from the 5th Aviation Regiment at the Kangaroo Island Airport as part of OP Bushfire Assist.  CPL Tristan Kennedy Copyright: Commonwealth of Australia

Four CH-47 Chinooks have returned to base after 576 hours of supporting bushfire fire affected areas.

The 5th Aviation Regiment deployed on New Year's Day - transporting 1297 passengers including firefighters and moved almost 210 tonnes of cargo.

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Reservists from the 10th/27th Battalion, Royal South Australia Regiment, disembark two Australian Army CH-47 Chinooks from the 5th Aviation Regiment at the Kangaroo Island Airport as part of OP Bushfire Assist.  CPL Tristan Kennedy Copyright: Commonwealth of Australia

Commanding Officer Jamie Martin said they broke some records while helping out down south.

"The month of January was the busiest, or the highest rate of flying for the Chinook force in the history of the ADF" he explained.  

Commanding Officer Martin also said "We did close to 400 hours in the month of January and the previous record was May 2012".

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Australian Army CH-47 Chinooks from the 5th Aviation Regiment, deliver hay bales to remote bushfire effected farms on Kangaroo Island during OP Bushfire Assist.  CPL Tristan Kennedy Copyright: Commonwealth of Australia

He added, "I think the whole squadron and the regiment are really stoked with what they achieved, but also just the feedback from the community and seeing the effect they had on the ground, is a really special moment".

By Michelle Brewer