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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
naVY SuPPLY nEWSLEttER autumn 2009 31 are fully compliant with the current financial and taxation regulations. This should ensure a smooth transition to the new system. The future of the FLSE-FBE looks very bright and with the final report into the trial expected soon, the transition of FLSE-FBE from Fleet Command to NAVSYSCOM control should greatly accelerate the FLSE’s growth. A new location is being sourced to provide a better warehousing facility and in the not too distant future, it is hoped that a full receipt, holding and despatch facility will be operational on Garden Island. With this new real estate, it is planned to construct large drive-in fridges and freezers, a dedicated bond store for canteen and alcohol products and a holding area for limited ship’s stores to provide short-term safe and secure storage for deliveries. QUEEN MARY II BERTHS AT FBE IN FEBRUARY 2009 6. Monitoring of all Priority 1 URDEFs and submitting a consolidated list of all outstanding Priority 1 URDEFs to Chief Staff Officer (Support) by 0715 each day. The Catering section (CPOCK and LSCK) provides FHQ with input to the ADF Catering Group on all aspects of catering and food service requirements for RAN ships and submarines. Under the direction of the FWOCK, they provide input to, and advice on, the food service policy and standards and assist in the implementation onboard all MFUs. Our catering team also liaise with Defence Support Group (DSG) in the implementation and monitoring of provision contracts within the Sydney area. In addition to these tasks, the FLSE caterers offer professional advice to senior cooks on MFU’s concerning, Rations Management Accounting (RMA), processing Quarterly Performance Reports, conducting menu planning training, food safety plans (HACCP), Standing Offer Naval Port Agency Services (SONPAS), provisions contractor liaison, maintain Contract Evaluation Reports, emergency rations distribution, waste management strategies, assist MFUs in destoring/storing (when required), conduct random quality assurance checks on fresh food when delivered to the vessel, assisting Fleet WOCK with sea riding, as required as a member of STG, and providing operational relief for sea service. With such a small team these Cooks are always on the go and to catch them in the office is a rarity. The CPOSTD is likewise; very busy assisting the Fleet WOSTD in mentoring embarked Stewards and managing the Service Funds and associated computerised accountancy packages on all MFUs. With the imminent replacement of the current software (SBA2000) he is constantly busy providing guidance, advice, training and site visits to ensure that all MFUs Additionally the FLSE-FBE is investigating the possibility that all ship’s mail will be delivered to the FLSE-FBE building where it will be sorted and distributed to ships alongside. This concept will see the need for a dedicated Writer billet included in the FLSE-FBE scheme of complement. One must always have a dream! BY LEUT S. Reynolds, RAN FLEEt BaSE WESt (FLSE-FBW) “Collins Class Submarines (CCSM’s) are complicated warships designed to fight underwater. The submarines themselves are constructed from 500,000 individual components, supplied by 1600 suppliers, with 108 sub-systems, operated by a crew of approximately 55 personnel. There is a great deal of complexity and integration in this vessel in terms of maintaining it at optimum efficiency. In order to operate and fight underwater, extremely high standards of engineering safety and quality control are required. With a total catalogue of over 40,000 individual spare parts and a premium on space within the tight confines of the hull, a submarine carries approximately 3,500 individual spares.” introduction It is obvious from the statement above that Submarines are an extremely complex and complicated RAN asset. Since June 2003, the direct logistics shore support for CCSM’s at FBW had been undertaken by the combined Submarine Tender Support Cell (STSC), which consisted of Joint Logistic Unit (West) (JLU(W)) and Submarine Force Element Group (SMFEG) personnel. Under this arrangement the personnel resources consisted of one LEUT SU, one POSN, four LSSN’s and two ABSN’s. Although the support was adequate, it was recognised that many Submarine support activities Your Logistic Support www.pdltoll.com