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Maritime Logistics Community News : December 2008
NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008 29 the naval depot named Hide. It was a warm welcome from the Japanese people to the Australian envoys of HMAS PARRAMATTA. MY DAD, JOMAR AND HIS GIRLFRIEND CHANTY ONBOARD HMAS PARRAMATTA Finally, the last port of call that we visited was in the Philippines - the Queen City of the South - Cebu City. During our stay in this port, the Royal Australian Navy and our counterparts in the Philippine Navy engaged in an exercise called Exercise LUMBAS (maritime security and surveillance). For me, this was the highlight of our trip. Cebu city is one of the first cities in the Philippines established by the Spanish conquistadors in the 1500s, featuring old churches and old buildings of Spanish designs. I could not wait to be in this port because this was an opportunity for me to visit my family and catch up with old friends. As I stepped from the gangway and touched Philippine soil, I had this very light feeling that I was home again and I was so excited and looking forward to seeing my Dad and family, whom I hadn’t seen for nearly three years since migrating to Australia. I caught up with Dad, telling stories of my experiences in Australia. It was really great to see him again and also my younger brother. I also visited my Alma Mater when I was still studying way back in 1996 and met my former professors. I took Dad, Jomar and Chanty onboard HMAS PARRAMATTA for a quick tour around the ship so that they would have an idea of how I live on a ship as a sailor of the Royal Australian Navy. Dad asked me questions about the many things that he saw on the ship and I answered his questions. I also told him how things work on a ship, introduced them to some of my shipmates. Dad was impressed and proud of what I am doing for my adopted country. Then, it was time to go, so I took them for a simple lunch before we went our separate ways again. Dad, Jomar and Chanty were going back home to Dumaguete and I was going back to Australia, my home. This trip was really great because I had the opportunity to see and catch up with my family and at the same time learned new things and gained experience of what life at sea as a Naval Storeman and a sailor of the Royal Australian Navy is like. During our trips, we mingled with many other cultures and traditions. We learned new languages even though it was only minor phrases like saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in Chinese, Japanese and Russian. We also gained insight into how the different people live in those parts of the world. It was an eye opener for me as an uninitiated seaman. As an SN, the lessons we learnt over the past months, gave me the opportunity to gain real experience. The real world is a lot different to the ideas that our workbooks were trying to convey at Category School. Despite the many challenges that we were subjected to, I thank my mentors for everything. I am thankful that they exposed us to the real world and didn’t keep us inside the four corners of the classroom. By letting us feel the essence of being a Naval Storeman, we were better prepared for the life that was waiting for us in the fleet. The lessons and experiences that we gained on the trip, may only be introductory, but will help us achieve more and incorporate new knowledge and information to help us become efficient Naval Storemen for the fleet in the future. Sailor’s Career Management Page As 2008 comes to a close things down in Canberra are still very busy with work continuing on the upcoming promotion lists and the implementation and bedding down of the new DSCM Regional Cell. Regional Career Management Cell (RCMC) The cell is currently located on Level 5 R8, Russell Offices prior to relocating in to HMAS HARMN in late 2008. The A/OIC of the Regional cell is CPO Alan Giles, who is also responsible for Supply Category Sailors, and is assisted by Career Managers CPOCTL Greg McDonnell and CPOATv Mark Miller with POPT Kerrie Dickie providing admin support. The Regional Cell is set up to provide career management support to Navy members posted to locations outside the current DSCM Local Career Management Centres (LCMC). This covers HMA Establishments ALBATROSS, CERBERUS and HARMAN with NHQ’s SQ, SA and TAS including all Defence Force Recruiting centres. All enquiries regarding supply personnel in these areas should be directed to the DSCM RCMC. Their new signal address is “DSCM Regional” for all signal traffic regarding movement of personnel in these areas. Career Management Cell 2 (CMC 2) Currently the OIC of DSCM Canberra Cell 2 (Technical and Supply) is WOET Chris Grose with the following supply staff CPOMED Kyra Maher (SN, WTR, MED, DEN, MUSN and MTD) and CPOSTD Dan Carter (STD, CK) arriving in early 2009. During the last 6 months we have continued to maintain the same number of Supply personnel deployed overseas in support of OP Catalyst, however, some positions have changed rank designations. These deployments continue to allow members to gain invaluable experience, although it does continue to put a strain on the organisations from where they come, who in most cases, spare individuals without relief. It is anticipated that these rotations will continue for the foreseeable future. Five Year Career Plans All supply personnel are encouraged to visit the DSCM website and lodge a proposed FYCP with their respective Career Manager to allow for ongoing negotiation and final agreement. BY CPoMEd KYRA MAHER