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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2009 41 NAVY AT RAAF WILLIAMS, LAVERTON A long time ago, in 1986, I landed at Laverton in a Caribou, and then went to see the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Richard III. The things you do when you’re a Midshipman… It’s a bit different down here now. The runway’s overgrown, the planes are gone, but the golf course is still here! Seriously, Laverton these days looks like a place that could go either way. On the one hand it’s an old air base, with a decommissioned runway, now surrounded by new and growing suburbs of Western Melbourne, and you would think it has got to be a candidate for final closure. On the other hand, it is a big chunk of land, owned by the government, right near the Western Ring Road and West Gate Freeways, opposite a railway station served jointly by suburban and country lines, slap bang in the middle of one of Melbourne’s long term growth corridors – why not move Defence and/or other Federal of State Government groupings out of the Melbourne CBD and put them on the free land, with all the parking space and an on-base ABC childcare facility, at Laverton? have vision of items moving towards (or on return), and the ability to reset priorities whilst in transit. So the benefits for enhanced decision making are obvious… Anyway, the CMDR SU billet in JP2077 is designated as Deputy Project Director for Phase 2B.2, because naturally the Navy’s main interest lies with the Deployable system. I occupied that position for the first 6 months of my posting, but the SDSS replacement Phase 2B.1 has been delayed for 12 months, which has caused a follow on delay to the Deployable Phase 2B.2. Because of this I have rolled into duties in the Organisational Change Management area of 2B.1, and will continue working there until the Go Live is achieved later this year. After that, the CMDR SU position will return to 2B.2. I have found the project work to be tremendously interesting because it is a Joint IT project that impacts every Defence Group and DMO Division, so the level of stakeholder interest is immense. I have a role in managing a number of the governance forums, and if you’ve never been in DMO, it’s an eye opener. When I started here I knew nothing about IT, and even less about the DMO. It’s odd to be a Commander, by which time in your career you ought to allegedly know at least something, and to arrive in a job where you know nuffink. The upside is that there is everything to learn, and it’s been challenging yet rewarding in that way. I never thought I would be a DMO man, but there is important work to do here, and though it takes time to make your way, I have found it to be worthwhile. RAAF WILLIAMS AT LAVERTON RAAF Williams has a total workforce of about 1300+. Along with the usual base support services such as Medical, Dental, Messes, Reserve Units etc, the main groups include HQ Air Force Training Group, The ADF School of Languages, the Defence International Training Centre, the RAAF Band, the Defence Publishing Service, 462 Sqn Det (Tech Surveillance), Director General Tech Airworthiness, and DMO Groups including major Air related offices, and the Materiel Information Systems (MATIS) Branch in which reside the LOGSPO and the Logistics Acquisition Program JP2077! Navy has about 8 people working here in MATIS, a mix of PNF and PNR, with just over half involved in JP2077. Of this group, there are two Subject Matter Expert positions in Brisbane at the offices of the Prime Vendor Mincom, one LEUT/LCDR SU position in the Coventry Street Offices (adjacent to Vic Barracks), with the remainder working here at Laverton. The main thing that JP2077 is doing right now is preparing to deliver Phase 2B.1, which is the SDSS replacement. Go Live is scheduled for October 2009, and we are working towards that date. The National Roadshow was conducted in March this year, and the training rollout starts in August. Following this is Phase 2B.2, which will deliver the deployable system, that in Navy will replace SLIMS. Phase 2B.2 is scheduled to crank up in 2010, and start rollout from 2012. The goal is to deliver a deployable interface that has the same look, feel, and full functionality as the mainframe system – the payoff in terms of increased access to information for Supply Officers Afloat is breathtaking. MATCONOFF, and logistics readiness reporting will be turned on its head when the Pusser can view and interrogate the Global inventory, including other ships in the task force, and associated units ashore. Phase 2B.2 will also deliver Integrated In Transit Visibility, and again, the possibilities for granular advice from the SO to the Captain, MEO, WEO afloat are, well, exciting! If delivered as planned, the ship would PROUDLY SUPPORTING THE RAN Offering design and support services in all facets of Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture, Safety, Costing analysis, Project Management and Business Case support. BMT will aid the Australian Defence Force no matter what the future may bring. Tel: 03 8620 6171