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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
naVY SuPPLY nEWSLEttER autumn 2009 27 ABSN WAYNE SKINNER AUSCDT FOUR Direct liaison with Policy and Development and the Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Systems Project Office (SPO) with regards to the acquisition of new capabilities has assisted in streamlining a once convoluted process. This process now enables the dive team to identify and request equipment essential to operations through the simplified request for problem resolution thus speeding the acquisition process. The SN is the interface between Dive Team and the SPO and is required to continually update Command on the acquisition of these new capabilities. The medical sub-department is managed by an Underwater Medicine qualified Leading Hand. The Medic is required to deploy with the team at all times and works constantly to ensure comprehensive medical support is provided to the whole team. Due to the nature of their tasks and the requirement to be physically fit, Divers are constantly injuring themselves. The role of the Medic is to also ensure that such risks are minimised with a view to ensure the Diving capability is not reduced by unfit personnel. The medic also manages all medical and specialist appointments thus ensuring personnel receive prompt medical attention specific to their requirements. The Engineering sub-department is responsible for the conduct and management of routine and planned maintenance and repairs on generic and dive specific equipment. This department is also responsible for the management of the teams’ small craft through close liaison with Defence Maritime Services and the teams Small Boats Coxswain being the CPONPC in Team One and the Buffer in Team Four. This department is integral in maintaining the Dive Teams capability either directly by the repair and maintenance of equipment or indirectly by highlighting URDEF related issues to Command and must maintain a close working relationship with each element to ensure loss of capability is minimised due to equipment failure. The Executive sub-department manages Explosive Ordnance reporting, gunnery, some aspects of seamanship, the maintenance of all safety equipment and the dive teams transport pool. The Buffer manages a very dynamic and industrious department that focuses on the provision of comprehensive training with specialised equipment such as the M4 Carbine, M203 Grenade Launcher and the coordination of range days to ensure all members maintain weapons readiness. A dedicated Support Element allows the dive teams to internally manage and problem solve from its own pool of resources. It allows Command the ability to draw down on individual support components from within its own ranks without relying on external support agencies thus directly enhancing the Clearance Diving capability by increasing efficiency and effectiveness of its personnel. Another component of dive related logistic support includes the Mine Clearance Diving Task Group (MCDTG). The MCDTG establishes a Task Force when major exercises and operations are conducted involving Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving assets. Within the Task Force a Logistic Support Element (LSE) is stood up to assist with logistical support for the dive teams in conjunction with embedded dive team support personnel thus further enhancing the deployable capability of these units. Task group logistic coordination is operated by the MCDTG N1N4 (Supply Officer) who is responsible for ensuring effective logistic support to the Task Force. This involves the coordination of replenishment of victuals, stores support, movement of cargo, personnel and mail within the area of operation, port visits by Mine Hunter Class vessels, LOGREQs and daily LOGSTAT reporting. The coordination of task group logistics concept when centralising a number of logistics activities, allows elements to concentrate on the warfare tasks assigned. Constant attention to ensure no conflicts of logistic area of responsibility occur where multiple demands are placed throughout an exercise or operation is enhanced by the N1/N4 Supply Officer. The LSE organisational concept is also employed throughout various ADF operational theatres, with personnel sourced throughout the forces. The LSE for any major exercises or operations typically consists of two Supply Officers (N1/N4 and 2IC), a POSN, LSSN, LSCK and ABSN. The LSCK is required to coordinate and provide victuals and manage payments for the task group units, sometimes at short notice. Coordination through a LSCK enhances the Task Group’s ability to bulk order, realising cost savings, whilst avoiding unnecessary duplication of delivery times and orders. The LSE SNs perform the supply chain management role and liaison between Army, Navy and International units in MATCONOFF in conjunction with the N1/N4. Receipt and despatch of safe hand, personnel and service mail services are also provided, thus freeing units from this time consuming role. Local purchases are managed through the LSE SNs where similar to the LSCK, coordination of purchases eliminates unnecessary duplication. The LSE also integrates with other nation support personnel within the Area of Operation. These partnerships are vital when common user items across nations are present and enhance the capabilities of dive team units’ ability to source unique equipment. This requirement is more pronounced when RAN participation in dive team exercises and operations is conducted overseas where long supply chains negate quick replacement from Australian stores. In conclusion, the Support Element lodged within the Dive Teams in conjunction with the MCDTG work to directly enhance the Clearance Diving Teams capability through efficient and affective customer service and direct working knowledge of the dynamic and unique ways in which the unit operates. A NOBLE & SON LTD Specialist in Supply and Testing of Wire Rope and Lifting Equipment 49 Benison Road, Winnellie NT 0821 Telephone (08) 8947 4884 Fax (08) 8947 4770 www.nobles.com.au 16 Fariola Street, Silverwater NSW 2128 Telephone (02) 9748 1166 Fax (02) 9647 2958 12 BRANCHES AUSTRALIA WIDE Fully recommended for Naval Support