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Maritime Logistics Community News : December 2008
NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008 47 Maritime Systems Division Operations Cell – A Junior Sailor’s Perspective The Navy is an ever changing seascape, from shore to ship and ship to shore. Since joining the Maritime Systems Division Operations Cell (MSD OPS Cell), we have been exposed to the communication process and the dynamics of how things can happen when the system is working and what can fall through the cracks when processes and policy are not adhered to. at Victoria Barracks Melbourne. We process boarding party demands, clothing issues and responding on behalf of LSD. We monitor all stores related signal traffic to ensure any anomalies are identified and corrected, resulting in the appropriate inventory manager actioning the demand and the ship receiving the item requested in minimum time. We also action ships Consolidated List of Outstanding Requisitions (CLOR). This involves the investigation of non MSD items on SDSS, liaising with Item Mangers (ADFLM) and when necessary, communicating with the Ship to clarify their demands. Correlating this information can be quite a time consuming task. Another function of the MSD OPS Cell is to monitor LNIDS, which is basically the RAAF and ARMY version of signals. If an operational unit is demanding an item that is Nil Stock Global and the item is managed by Logistic Support Agency-Navy (LSA-N), then it is passed from Joint Logistics Command (JLC) to MSD for action. THE MSD OPS TEAM (L-R) LEUT MARCELLO QUINTIERI, AB RHONDA SEYDE, AB DAMIEN MCDONALD AND PO PAULINE DOCKLEY It has provided us with valuable background knowledge and a behind the scenes look at the demand process from start to finish. As Stores Naval sailors, we can be employed in a variety of roles, AB Seyde posted in directly from HMAS SUCCESS, AB “BURGS” McDonald came predominantly from a warehousing background. We can now appreciate how much time and effort it takes to attain the end result. The MSD OPS Cell is the conduit between FHQ (Force Element Personnel) and the Defence Material Organisation. This involves monitoring and actioning stores demands on behalf of Land Systems Division based The MSD OPS Cell has recently joined the LSA-N team. This positive change allows us to have direct contact with ADFLMs which results in improved service to our customers. It also provides an opportunity to learn more about the demand process that forms the bigger picture. It gives us the opportunity to liaise face to face with people who previously were a name without a face. This has improved our productivity and teamwork which will help us to display our commitment to providing the best procurement solutions for our Ships. BY ABLE SEAMAN RHONDA SEYDE AND ABLE SEAMAN DAMIEN MCDONALD Specialists in ?? Power Cable Services ?? Cable and Plug Repairs ?? New Plug and Cable Supplies Bi-annual Testing of Cables ?? ?? Suppliers of Plug Filling Compound NSW DPI Licensed for Repair of Cables for Underground Hazardous Zones Proud Contractors and Supporters of the Royal Australian Navy 30 Investigator Drive UNANDERRA NSW 2526 P 02 4272 2444 F 02 4272 2464 www.ampcontrolgroup.com