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Maritime Logistics Community News : December 2008
46 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008 Logistic Support at DNSDC Moorebank The Logistic Support Cell (formerly known as the High Priority Demand Cell) is located within the DNSDC Moorebank Operations Cell. The cell comprises of four APS staff; Mr Ross Brown (Logistic Co-ordinator), Ms Joanne Crowe (OIC Deployment Preparations), Mr Allen Nieass and Ms Megan Hume. Between them they have achieved over 37 years experience within the APS and Defence. They also bring a range of previous experience and knowledge into their current roles. This includes Ross serving 27 years with the APS in a range of positions, while Jo spent 17 years with Australian Customs. Allen served 21 years with the Australian Army and Megan spent several years with Tenix Toll Defence Logistics (TTDL). The broad range of skills they each possess is needed in the high tempo role they perform. As well as managing all URDEFs, Signal Demands, Supply Status Requests, Receipts and creating DN codes for East Coast based Ships, Logistic Support also provide stores support to all other Fleet Units and Establishments. In addition to this role, it is imperative that they maintain a close working relationship with all Ship staff, AUSFLTCSG, JLC, various RANLO staff and support agencies, item managers and TTDL contract staff. As the OIC Deployment Preparations, Jo also conducts pre-deployment planning meetings with Ship staff prior to them deploying to the MEAO. Her role also includes the organisation in loading the requisitions of boarding party and CBRN items. Like most working environments within Defence, there are numerous challenges that the Logistic Support cell team face. It is often a thankless and repetitive job that the small team undertake with a high level of professional knowledge and enthusiasm. They strive in every instance to ensure that items meet required delivery dates and customers are happy with the level of service they receive. The Logistic Support team also includes a Navy Returns position. This role is currently performed by POMT Glenn Smith. His role is to process Navy Returns before they become DR’s. This requires time consuming investigation and involves thorough liaison with TTDL, Ship staff, DMO, and MATIS. Unfortunately most of the issues arising from the Navy Returns section are Navy’s fault. For example, in August alone there were 66 returns not completed correctly by Ship staff. Therefore it is imperative that Naval Stores sailors completing returns ensure they provide the correct NSN and supply a SLIMS return number. This small team is lead by the OIC Logistic Support; who is currently SBLT Bottcher. This position is a fantastic opportunity for junior Supply Officers to experience Naval Stores and the Defence Supply Chain in its entirety. Almost all facets of Defence logistics are dealt with and together with your team, you will assist in coordinating and supporting the entire Fleet with required stores items. If you were like me and not thrilled with the prospect of a posting to DNSDC, don’t be. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at DNSDC Moorebank and the OIC Logistic Support role provides a unique opportunity to gain experience interacting with a diverse customer and support base. It is a role that will highly prepare you for your future posting as a DSO and subsequently the Supply Charge Board. You will build significant rapport with your peers and other senior Naval Officers, as well as gaining the experience of managing APS staff and working in a Tri-Service environment BY LEUT KELLY HAYWOOD LOGISTIC SUPPORT CELL STAFF FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: ROSS BROWN, AL NIEASS, APHY BOTTCHER, JOANNE CROWE AND MEGAN HUME Personnel who liaise and deal with DNSDC on a frequent basis, are encouraged to visit the team and see how business is conducted. This can be arranged through an organised visit with the DNSDC RANLO team. Most people that visit the Operations Cell and DNSDC warehouses are surprised and impressed with the amount of inventory managed, as well as the day to day tasking of the Logistic Support team. So the next time the thought ‘Bl*#$y DNSDC Moorebank!!!!’ runs through your mind, spare a thought for the hardworking troops on the other side of the fence, who are working tirelessly at managing the demands of not just your unit, but the entire Fleet. Sutherland Instrument Service Co. Pty Ltd CONTRACTORS TO DEPT OF DEFENCE REPAIR CALIBRATION OF INDUSTRIAL MARINE SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTATION - RELIEF AND SOLENOID VALVES - PRESSURE - TRANSDUCERS - TEMPERATURE TACHOMETERS - BAROMETERS - ELECTRICAL METERS VALVES - FUEL TEST EQUIPMENT - ETC. 92 Karimbla Rd. Miranda NSW 2228 Ph: (02) 9525 1899 Fax: (02) 9525 8129 www.suth-inst.com.au