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Maritime Logistics Community News : December 2008
NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008 1 A Message from the Head of Supply Community As the end of 2008 quickly approaches, I would like to reflect on the successes over the last year and the great work our community is doing both domestically and whilst deployed on operations. I would like to thank those personnel who have sacrificed time with loved ones to serve on deployments and postings around the world, and acknowledge the crucial support given to individual members by their families. As a community we should be proud of the hard work undertaken and achievements realised. This was ably demonstrated in the diverse array of presentations at the 2008 Supply Conference entitled ‘Our people—Our successes’. So what are our top achievements since the last edition of this newsletter? From the ‘pointy end’, the fleet is still experiencing high operational tempo and it is a testament to the professionalism and dedication of the supply community that a consistently top-quality level of support is provided to the fleet. This year saw the biennial RIMPAC exercises conducted with HMA Ships ARUNTA, SUCCESS, TOBRUK and WALLER deployed to Hawaii. For the first time in 21 years a coalition Logistic Support Element (LSE) was stood up for the exercise. Staffed by personnel from several countries the LSE was headed by LCDR Greg Crass and supported 40 ships from 10 nations during the exercise. LSEs continue to support our many operations and exercises and provide valuable experience for our Officers and Sailors. Our ongoing maritime operations in the Middle East would not be possible without the support of the LSE Middle East, which was first established some 18 years ago, and RANLO Singapore continues to provide support to our ships deployed to South East Asia and for the many exercises conducted within that area. From the training grounds at HMAS CERBERUS, the Supply and Health Faculty has been a hive of activity. Trainee throughput remains high across all categories at the initial, intermediate and advanced training levels. Significant reviews of the Stores Naval, Writer and Supply Officer training continuums have been undertaken with many improvements made to better prepare personnel for their ongoing employment. The CAPT Chris Percival award was established in 2007 for the best performing officer on DSO DESIG course. It was my great pleasure to recently present the 2008 award to LEUT Julian Brett. The Directorate of Naval Professional Requirements has also been busy with a number of proposals coming to fruition including implementing the Operational Logistics Reserve Primary Qualification designed to harness BY CoMModoRE BoB RICHARdS Welcome to the Spring 2008 edition of the Navy Supply Newsletter. It has been over a year since the last edition was published due to unforeseen circumstances that led to the termination of the previous contract. The Newsletter has returned under a new contract with a new supplier, Walsh Media Pty Ltd, who will also provide valuable sponsorship for the professional development activities of the Supply Community as part of the Newsletter contract. I would like to thank Sub Lieutenant Natasha Connew for all her hard work and congratulate her in reestablishing this very important medium for communicating community issues. CDRE BOB RICHARDS PRESENTING THE CAPT CHRIS PERCIvAL AWARD TO LEUT JULIAN BRETT the skills and experience of personnel from the wider Logistics Community. Considerable effort has gone into the graded pay scale projects for both Officers and Sailors to ensure pay placements are correct and in line with the intent of the remuneration reform project. The category sponsors are also working towards attaining recognition for our sailors in maritime specific competencies attained through their training and employment. Now that Defence Support Group is transitioning to a single Pay and Administration Centre (PAC), negotiations have been successful in establishing two satellite PACs manned by Navy Writers in order to maintain continuity of training and employment. As the PAC model develops, it is envisaged that the majority of pay and account processing will be achieved differently from the methods of today. Therefore, I have commissioned a study into the Future Employment of the Writer Category. The study is exploring how future employment of Writers can best suit the needs of the ADF at sea and ashore and how technology solutions will drive the future direction of the category. The opening of the Fleet Logistic Support Element (FLSE)–Fleet Base East (FBE) on 23 January 2008 represented a significant milestone in the implementation of Navy Systems Command’s nationwide FLSE organisation. The FLSE organisation is intended to facilitate and deliver customer focused, “over-the-wharf/flight line” logistics and administrative services to Fleet units. Utilising common manning structures, IT platforms and business processes, the FLSEs manage three core functions: material support, service funds and rations management. Successes to date have led to the FLSE concept being extended to provide services to major fleet units home ported at Fleet Bases East and West. This work will continue in 2009. Thank you to all the authors in this edition of our Newsletter. You are to be commended for your excellent contributions. I urge all Supply personnel to consider submitting articles of interest in future editions to demonstrate our professionalism and dedication in the area of ADF Logistics. What better way to showcase our successes!