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Maritime Logistics Community News : December 2008
NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008 7 Farewell to Commodore Mark Watson CSC RAN September 2007 saw the completion of more than 34 years of Commodore Mark Watson’s full time Naval service. He was farewelled at a function at HMAS HARMAN on 27 September, attended by the Chief of Navy, vADM Shalders, Head Maritime Systems Division, RADM Robinson, Head of the Supply Community, CDRE Richards as well as a distinguished group of Flag and senior officers. CDRE Watson joined the RAN in early 1973. While there had been some prospect of another specialisation, by the time he’d completed his degree at the University of NSW and his initial naval training, his future as a Supply Officer was determined. The early years following his basic Supply training in 1978, saw him posted into ILS duties, a term as the Naval Support Command EDP Officer and, subsequently, Supply branch appointments in HMAS PERTH and HMAS COONAWARRA. Commodore Watson’s Supply Charge Course in 1984 was followed by the RAN Staff Course and then successive appointments as the Supply Officer of HMA Ships CANBERRA and SUCCESS. His flair for Staff skills then saw him appointed to the RANSC Directing Staff. Building on his success in this field, he was selected to undertake senior staff training at the prestigious École Militaire, Paris. Later, in 2000 he undertook the Defence Strategic Studies Course at the Australian Defence College CDRE WATSON BEING PRESENTED A GOING AWAY GIFT FROM HSUC, CDRE RICHARDS The two main strands of Commodore Watson’s senior appointments have been in operational logistics, most notably his term as the J1/J4 at HQAST, and in corporate governance and management, both as Director Corporate Management in NHQ and as CSO CN. Promoted to Commodore in early 2005 he served in One Star appointments within the Personnel Executive as Director General Career Management Policy subsequently Director General Executive. Commodore Watson’s contribution to the Navy and the ADF were characterised throughout by a very sound insight and strategic appreciation, coupled with a constant willingness to ‘go the extra mile’ for better results. He has also always displayed very genuine care for those with whom he works. 2008 Supply Community Conference ranks that evening. Feedback from attendees indicates that the conference was a resounding success with all enjoying the opportunity to reflect on the achievements of supply people. A Supply Community Forum will be held on the 25 March 2009 at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney. Further information will be released via signal in due course. LCDR MILLER PRESENTING TO THE CONFERENCE A highly successful Supply Conference was held on 28 March 2008 at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney. The theme of this year’s conference was Our People – Our Success, with a focus on the achievements of supply people. The conference showcased presentations from Supply Community officers and sailors, as well as a contingent from the RNZN. The keynote presentation was given by CDRE Kim Pitt (rtd), the General Manager of the Australian Antarctic Division, who provided an insight into logistic challenges faced when operating in the Antarctic region. The Conference was attended by 185 people, from the rank of Seaman to Commodore and an informal dinner was attended by 110 personnel of all L-R CAPT SACKLEY, MAJGEN CAvENAGH, CDRE RICHARDS