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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
24 naVY SuPPLY nEWSLEttER autumn 2009 Creation of the operational Logistics (oPLoG) Primary Qualification From conception of an idea, years of focused planning and work by various agencies, the first Operational Logistics (OPLOG) course will be held in April 2009. This is a major milestone and will enhance Maritime Logistics capability and supplement the work currently being conducted by RAN Supply Officers. TOBRUK IN TOWNSVILLE - MAY 07 The OPLOG initiative was approved in July 2007, when the Chief of Navy Senior Advisory Committee (CNSAC) agreed that Navy’s capability would be improved through the development of specialist logistics skills and personnel as a separate career structure in the Navy Reserve. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) would also benefit from having additional trained Logisticians available to support exercises and operations. OPLOG Officers will be responsible for supporting deployed units and ensuring that equipment and supplies are moved to the right place at the right time. Navy and the ADF need to have a continuous flow of supplies such as food, water, ammunition, fuel and stores in order to complete their tasking or mission. OPLOG Officers will be responsible, through the Operational Unit, for co-ordinating these and other logistics requirements. They will perform an essential role by planning and executing logistics requirements for maritime capability, at the tactical, operational and strategic levels of activity. This may include work in any of the following areas: • Tactical level support for fleet units, either from a parent establishment or from a forward deployed support unit in Australia or overseas; • Planning operational logistics at strategic and operational levels; • The coordination of operational support for operational units; • The provision of an interface between logistic systems and operational forces; and • Providing logistic policy formulation and training. The OPLOG PQ is open to ex Permanent Navy personnel, ex ADF, Naval Reservists wishing to transfer from another specialisation, and civilians. Candidates should ideally have skills, experience or qualifications relevant to logistics duties. For Civilian candidates a degree in logistics, business, or commerce, and experience in civilian logistics industry is highly desirable. BY LEut nEV Cook, Ran and LEut maRk CoHaYnEY, Ran RECEIVING STORES - HMAS MELBOURNE The first two week residential course starts on 28 April 2009 and will primarily prepare OPLOG Officers for employment in a Fleet Logistics Support Element (FLSE). In order to support deployments, OPLOG Officers must have an understanding of supporting maritime capability and this can be experienced whilst working at a FLSE. It is in the FLSE that OPLOG officers will build on their environmental training and acquire a detailed understanding of the unique aspects of providing logistics support to maritime capability. To attain their PQ, OPLOG Officers, under the supervision of the Officer in Charge (OIC) FLSE, will be required to plan and prepare logistics arrangements and evolutions in support of an exercise, operation or deployment. They must also complete a minimum of 30 days in the FLSE, a Work Experience Journal (WEJ) and receive a favourable recommendation for attainment of PQ from the OIC. Once OPLOG Officers are deemed competent, they attain their PQ and will be eligible for further professional development courses such as the Introduction to Joint Warfare and Joint Logistics Planning Course. These courses will broaden and deepen the Officer’s knowledge and understanding of military logistics beyond the tactical and operational level. After completing these supplementary training courses, there may be scope to support Operations and Exercises (in Australia or overseas), where they can be employed in strategic and operational planning, doctrine development and policy implementation. Qualified OPLOG Officers are paid in the Reserve Officer Pay scale at Grade two. This pay grade recognises that although they are part of Supply community, their skills, employment and training differ from that of a Supply Officer. As OPLOG PQ Officers are not part of the Supply Officer Professional Continuum (SOPC), they should not be employed in specifically identified Supply Officer Positions. The OPLOG PQ offers an exciting avenue for Naval Reservists to contribute to an important area of defence capability. Logistic support for maritime units, Operations and Exercises is critical to the success of the ADF throughout all theatres and within Australia. For more information regarding the new OPLOG PQ, the range of employment, tasking and administrative details, visit the Defence Force Recruiting/Navy Websites or contact ADNPR (SU) at Campbell Park Offices, Canberra.