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Maritime Logistics Community News : December 2008
42 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008 The First Two Months as an Assistant Supply officer… Yes that’s right, RIMPAC adventures, learning to survive on a warship and spending a week on a Chilean navy ship are just some of the many experiences that I have had in only two months as a Junior Supply Officer. I joined the ship in Darwin after completing the Supply Officer Application Course (SOAC) at HMAS CERBERUS. Due to changes to the Supply Officer Training Continuum, greater emphasis has been placed on learning the role of the Supply Officer at sea and therefore as an Assistant Supply Officer, I will spend 12 months at sea. It has been a very busy initial two months onboard and I have had to hit the ground running. The longer training means that ASOs are familiar with RSF, SBA and other programs that are used at sea. I have been busy working in the canteen, preparing for port visits, organising the ship’s transport and familiarising myself with the budget and financial registers onboard. One of the biggest learning experiences so far was my first port visit in a foreign port and the only words that comes to mind are ‘chaos and mayhem’ as you attempt to get things sorted in the shortest possible period of time so the troops can step. It started with RANLO Hawaii (LCDR Powell), the FLS team (LCDR Crass) and three PDL Reps organising the ship’s vehicles and mobile phones, speaking with USN Logistics Support representatives from Pearl Harbor, and liaising with MWR for tours, sporting teams and payment. Then on top of this was the standard arrival of stores and victuals. I learnt a lot from that experience. Ex RIMPAC provided a great opportunity to get to know the other members of the crew in a social setting. One of the main activities organised is the comprehensive sporting program throughout RIMPAC. LSSTD Lawson did tremendously well to make the semi finals in the Singles Tennis and then backed up with POSTD Judd to place second overall in the doubles! I also got to see how beautiful Hawaii is, touring Oahu in a Jeep Wrangler. It was great fun swimming on the North Shore, climbing Diamond Head Crater and visiting the Polynesian Cultural Centre. BY SBLT WARREN “WAzzA” LYNCH, RAN Aloha! Sun, Sand, Dukes Bar and Grill, Mai Tai’s, Luau’s, Damage Control Exercises, War Wednesday and a week on a Chilean Ship. These are just some of the things that come to mind after two months onboard HMAS ANZAC. ME AND THE JEEP One of the highlights so far has been the exchange program between the Royal Australian Navy and the Chilean Navy during Ex RIMPAC. I had the pleasure of spending eight days on CS RIvEROS, an M Class Frigate. My experiences were very interesting especially dealing with the different cultural and language factors. Apart from trying to learn some broken Spanish, I participated in a variety of the ships evolutions, from Flying Stations, RAS, General Quarters (Action Stations), First Aid Training (in Spanish), galley work and trying the famous Chilean dish ‘Empanadas’. From cleaning pots and pans, to baking bread, all the experiences were not only interesting but a bit of fun too. Many thanks must go to LCDR Sanguinetti and 2LT Tapia who were my hosts for the week onboard. Muchas Gracias! As ANZAC leaves Pearl Harbour we are looking at a very busy program through South East Asia. I look forward to tackling the challenges that present themselves, obtaining my Harbour Watchkeeping Certificate and learning about all things Supply! ON THE FLIGHT DECK – 2LT TAPIA, SBLT LYNCH, LCDR SANGUINETTI