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Maritime Logistics Community News : November 2009
14 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2009 BY CAPT NEVILLE TEAGUE, CSM, RAN Commodore Support (formerly titled Chief Combat Support Group -- (CCSG)) now leads the Support Force, which includes many of the elements of the old CCSG organisation but now also has such disparate elements such as Director of Policing and Security-Navy, the Navy Band, Navy Heritage Collection as well as the pre-existing Engineering and Support organisations. But more importantly for the Supply Community, it also encompasses all the Shore establishments, and of course the Fleet Logistic Support Elements (FLSEs) that underpinned logistic support to non-self accounting units. This is a significant change because it now provides one direct chain of command for all the Support organisations within Fleet Command, with all the benefits and opportunities that flow from such a simple construct. This has had a significant impact on the CSO (Support) organisation as we evolve and adapt to the demands of NGN and the clear intent to devolve decision making and responsibility to the appropriate levels. As I briefly mentioned in the recent Supply Community Bulletin, part of our changing responsibilities within Fleet Command involves assuming professional responsibility for shore establishment logisticians, including operations of the FLSEs. A report commissioned into the FLSE constructs is nearly complete and will be considered in the next few months as we seek to better align resources with responsibilities. Canteens, and indeed service funds generally, are a subject dear to most of our hearts, or maybe that should be phrased as causing us more heartache than many other logistics functions! With the demands of the Strategic Reform Program (SRP) and indeed consistent with NGN Reform, it is time to review our modus operandi in all these areas. Fleet is co-sponsoring a paper to Chief of Navy on the future of shore based canteen operations and I am hopeful that we will see some quite significant changes, to the benefit of the whole Navy community, arising out of this work. It is clear that we must reform these operations given the wide disparity of arrangements and agreements that have developed over time in our shore establishments. Once this is done, then there are opportunities to reform the management and operation of service funds, particularly from an accounting perspective, at sea. Having seen the initial results of the QUICKEN rollout in HMAS TOBRUK, I am confident that we can deliver these changes to the considerable benefit of our people. Another part of our NGN reform in Fleet Command is the support provided to the four Force Commanders. From early October 2009, the devolution of the management of all Personnel Deficiency reports will be complete, with the Surface Force Commander now having the resources and the responsibility for this tactical level aspect of people management within his force. This will align this aspect of his force with the existing arrangements within the other three forces. In addition, the Surface Force Commander will be provided with a small logistics team to be his focal point for all day to day tactical level logistics advice and support to his major fleet units. The Fleet Supply Officer and his small team as well as the residual elements of Commander Fleet Logistics team will continue to be available for higher level advice and as subject matter experts, but will withdraw from day to day involvement with DNSDC Moorebank, LSA-N and other agencies, to focus more on the Fleet wide operational aspects of our logistics business for the Fleet Commander. Fleet Headquarters -- Chief Staff Officer (Support) The impact of the New Generation Navy (NGN) on Support Division. A short 'Tour de Force', so to speak... The Support Division has continued to evolve under the changes implemented under NGN Phases 1 and 2. Proud Contractors and Supporters of the Royal Australian Navy 30 Investigator Drive UNANDERRA NSW 2526 P 02 4272 2444 F 02 4272 2464 ampcontrolgroup.com Illawarra Cable Services are specialists in inspection and testing of all types of Shore supply power cables and can: Repair and supply all types of Shore supply cables including the fitting of Viking plugs Conduct emergency on site repairs Supply approved plug and receptacle filling compound