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Maritime Logistics Community News : November 2009
1 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2009 A Message from the Head of Supply Community Welcome to the 2009 spring edition of the Navy Supply Newsletter – ‘An International Approach to Logistics and Support’. BY COMMODORE BOB RICHARDS, RAN As the theme suggests, this edition focuses on the Navy Supply Community’s role in providing logistic support remote from the national support base. Logistics is an important enabler of ADF capability and without robust and reliable supply chains and global logistic support networks, it would be impossible for our major fleet units to undertake their operational roles in the Middle East, or complete extended deployments such as RIMPAC and Northern Trident 2009. We have much to be proud of, and a number of the articles in this edition explain the complexities and challenges of supporting the Fleet far from home. These articles are a testimony to the quality of our people and the Supply Community’s ability to continually improve the way in which we do our business. The mix of articles is also a very good reminder of the sorts of rewarding opportunities available for professional and personal growth should you volunteer for a posting away from Canberra, Sydney or Perth. In addition to the routine updates from the Category Sponsors, the Poster, Fleet Staff and the Trainers, we also have articles which reflect on the impact that New Generation Navy and the Strategic Reform Programs will have on the way Navy does logistics in the future and we also have personal reflections from members who recently completed the Reserve Officer’s Operational Logistics (OPLOG) Course and the new Intermediate Writer Course. Our providores PDL Toll have also contributed to the eclectic nature of the edition by offering their view on how contractors can contribute to the logistic support function internationally. I hope you find this edition as interesting as I did. As many in Navy acknowledge, the Supply Community has led in a range of personnel management reforms, including the now Navy-wide and highly successful mentoring program. Therefore, I’m sure it will not be a surprise to hear of another recent first for the community. As a result of much hard work by the Category Sponsors and supervisors throughout Navy, our commitment to continued education, training and professionalisation of our members has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia. At their annual awards night on 23 October this year, the Navy Supply Community received their ‘Excellence in People Development’ award. This is a wonderful achievement, so well done to all concerned. This year has seen the completion of the Writer Category Review, which was born from uncertainty as to how a uniformed Writer category could best meet the Navy and ADF requirements well into the future, given the fundamental changes to military administration and personnel management functions at sea and ashore under the Defence Reform Program, information technology developments, immerging NGN concepts and the changing responsibilities of the Defence Support Group. The review produced a number of recommendations, but concluded that there is an enduring need for administrative and personnel support services to Command and Navy people both at sea and ashore, particularly with the intended devolution of principles-based decision making. Importantly, the review concluded that Writers are the category best placed to provide this service and should evolve to being a Human Resource specialist adviser. These findings have now been endorsed by the Supply Advisory Council and Navy’s People Committee and will see Writer sailors doing different tasks and functions into the future. A short article by CMDR Tim French, RANR is included in this edition of the Newsletter – he is charged with implementing the review with other Navy and Defence stakeholders. I will update the Supply Community, in particular the Writers, on the progress of the Writer review at each step and I intend communicating with all Writers in person over the next few weeks. I believe this is a great result for both the Writer category as well as the RAN. The members of the Supply Advisory Council and I are disappointed that we have not been able to travel around the nation and engage you as much as we would have liked this year. However, travel funds have been tight and we all have to adopt NGN’s signature behaviour of being ‘cost conscious’. Despite this, there are many ways we are endeavouring to get the messages to you, so please look at the Supply Community or ADNCM(SU)’s intranet website for information regarding those issues currently affecting you. And remember, your feedback is invaluable. Lastly, thank you to all those who have served on operations, exercises and deployments and those who are currently serving away from their families and loved ones, particularly over the Christmas period. I would like to acknowledge your commitment and hard work and especially thank those family members who support you while you are away. I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to everyone returning next year refreshed and ready for another productive year, supporting the Fleet.