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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
40 naVY SuPPLY nEWSLEttER autumn 2009 State in Focus - Victoria aRound tHE tRaPS in dEFEnCE SuPPoRt – CERBERuS BY LCDR S. Sewell, RAN HMAS CERBERUS Wardroom Mess continues to play an important role providing consolidation training for junior Seaman Stewards (SMNSTDs) and also to newly promoted Leading Seaman Stewards (LSSTDs). Many of the SMNSTDs (unqualified) are sent to the CERBERUS Wardroom from Rogers Division whilst they are waiting to be placed on their initial Stewards course. This opportunity provides the trainees awaiting category course with an early insight into the day-to-day operations of their chosen branch. The Wardroom environment is also used to provide the ADF School of Catering (ADFSC) Steward Trainees an opportunity to practice their skills by serving meals and participating in the more formal Mess Dinner occasions. The Wardroom is often called upon at short notice to support the Fleet by supplying staff to go to sea. All SMNSTDs are given the opportunity to experience life at sea when these occasions arise and to continue their Competency Log progression. Currently, Defence Support CERBERUS (DS CERBERUS) has 60 Cooks operating within the Main Galley environment. With up to 50% of this number being SMNCKs who have recently graduated from the ADFSC and proceeded directly to the Main Galley for completion of their Competency Log. The main focus for SMNCKs is their trade training, in order to gain the requisite skills and knowledge to be competent to do their job at sea. DS CERBERUS continues to work with Transfield Services and the Senior MRU catering staff to facilitate every opportunity to assist with the training required, so as to ensure that all SMNCKs can progress their Competency Log quickly. To facilitate oversight of the training continuum, LSCK Rebecca Baker has assumed the role of Training Coordinator for all SMNCKs progressing their Competency Log. Sea training opportunities over the last 6 months have seen 22 CERBERUS Cooks given the chance to conduct Life at Sea Experience (LASEX) onboard Fleet units. Feedback from ship’s supervisory staff and the trainees regarding the LASEX opportunities has been very positive. Discussions continue with the Category Sponsor to provide SMNCKs with external trade training at the Moorabbin Campus of TAFE to sharpen their bakery skills. This training can give them greater confidence to provide an enhanced service to the Ship’s Company when posted to Fleet Units. The Writers and Australian Public Servant (APS) staff within DS CERBERUS are under the direction of CPOWTR Michael Davis (currently on deployment to the MEAO), WOWTR Steve Salmon and Ms Bernadette Elkins whom continue to provide a high level of service to all personnel. Much of the Writers and APS staff’s work remains in the background, however, its importance and direct benefit to both Officers and Sailors is never lost on the ‘team’ and they continue to make a magnificent effort in ensuring all personnel administration is carried out to the highest of standards. During the period we were fortunate to welcome back LSWTR Ian Canny on two years CFTS and farewell LSWTR Damien Slavin to Shore. Both of these sailors have provided and continue to provide exceptional standards of service and their professional knowledge is without peer. The Stores function in CERBERUS is primarily undertaken by Transfield Services as part of the Garrison Support Contract. Oversight of the Stores function is maintained through the Logistics Manager and POSN Member Required in Uniform (MRU) positions embedded within DS CERBERUS. The POSN position also acts at the Logistic Support Agency (LSA) for the Establishment. The Logistics Manager is also the appointed SCA Manager for all Navy held Supply Customer Accounts (SCAs) throughout HMAS CERBERUS. The Divisional Officer (DO) responsibilities within DS CERBERUS remain high with up to 90 personnel being in the Division at any given time. The Division, under the ever cheerful DO (LEUT Werner Gallina) encompasses Cooks, Stewards, Writers and COMMCEN staff. On top of the Divisional workload, the DO’s position is also responsible for the day-to-day auditing of delivery and performance reporting for many aspects of the Garrison Support Services Contract. Both the DO and CPOCK have been provided with industry based ‘auditor’ training within the past 12 months to enhance their competency in achieving these vitally important auditing outcomes. The DO’s position also requires the occupant to have a high level of knowledge in the auditing requirements of Service Funds. DS CERBERUS acts as a final check prior to the Service Funds being submitted for Command approval. With the Cooks sheathing their knives, the Stewards putting their waiter’s friend in their pockets and the Writers returning their quills to the inkwell, all drew Steyrs from the Armoury as DS CERBERUS provided the most recent 48 person guard for Commanding Officer’s Ceremonial Divisions. Having performed so splendidly on the day, the Guard have received an encore to once again perform in the forthcoming ANzAC Day commitments as part of the main parade through the City of Melbourne. DS CERBERUS continues to place the highest priority in the training of our SMN through completion of their Competency Logs and preparing all our uniformed personnel regardless of rank for service in the Fleet. Another busy year is anticipated as we continue to work with our Contractors in the delivery of the Garrison Support Contract and the anticipated changes that may flow from the rolling out of the new Base Accountability Model. Both the MRU and APS staff are committed and dedicated to the delivery of the highest level of service to all our customers. TWO BAYS CLASSIC CAR HIRE ROGER STANLEY 5 Martin St Crib Point 3919 T: 5983 9451 F: 5983 0252 E: firstname.lastname@example.org