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Maritime Logistics Community News : November 2009
15 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2009 The Supply plot is in a very healthy state for LCDRs and below. We are currently manned to 96% for LCDRs and below within the SBLT/LEUT pool we are at 104%. Our only concern is that LCDRs are 10 under borne. After this year's promotion list and another graduating class of SOACs in December, we will progress very close to being 100% manned across all ranks. The good news associated with such an embarrassment of riches, is that DNOP is well placed to accommodate requests from officers for such things as civil schooling, operational deployments and exchanges such as operation Long Look. If my tenure in DNOP has taught me anything, that is if you want for something....apply for it. That is not a blanket 'yes' for all such requests, however, we are better placed than we previously have been to seriously consider such requests. The numbers also mean that almost all Supply positions are filled. Now to a few words relating to the theme of this edition, along the lines of international logistics. It's my intention to remind you all of something that most Supply Officers seem quite well informed about; that is the opportunities on the international stage available to Supply Officers As the DNOP officer responsible for the management of Navy operational positions, I can safely say that the Supply PQ enjoys the most PQ-specific operational positions of any PQ. There are dedicated operational positions for at least four Supply Lieutenants and four Lieutenant Commanders. Given that most rotations are six months in duration, at least 16 supply officers of LEUT/LCDR rank will deploy on operations each year, but usually more if you consider the Supply Officers who fulfil MAS positions. Positions range from East Timor to Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan. I must make the observation however, that I consistently struggle at the LCDR level to meet operational liabilities. As officers we each sign a declaration every year declaring our deployability within 28 days. DNOP has not reached the point where we have had to select and deploy officers against their wishes, but it has taken careful management of late. The lack of volunteers for RANLO Bahrain has been particularly surprising. To the LCDRs out there, just because you are post charge, does not mean that your operational liability is over. As there are only 61 LCDRs currently on the books and at least eight each year deploy to operations, your turn will come around quickly if you are interested and suitable. I appeal to LCDRs to review the DNOP advertisements and attempt to fit a deployment into your five year career plan. It will complement your career, will provide greater depth and breadth in your reporting history and will provide some tangible conditions of service benefits. Meanwhile for LEUTs, as this edition goes to print, I have made enquiries regarding additional operational opportunities -- if the number of applications and enquiries I receive is any indication, the demand certainly appears to be there from LEUT Supply Officers. Keeping on the theme, I should also take the opportunity to remind officers of the array of exchange positions available to Supply Officers. We are shortly about to farewell two LCDRs who will occupy two LCDR positions in the Australian Embassy in Washington. LCDR Sean Noble will replace a RAAF Officer as the Staff Officer Joint Coordination in December -- this position is rotational and after Sean returns in late 2012, Army and RAAF will each have three year rotations. LCDR Greg Crass also departs for Washington where he will take up the role of Staff Officer Exchange and Training. This is a dedicated Supply position which rotates every three years. Of course the RANLOs currently remain in Singapore and Hawaii and those officers wishing to replace the incumbent of RANLO Hawaii should be prepared to apply for this job in late 2009/early 2010. LCDRs also have a position in Navy Inventory Control Point in Mechanicsburg USA, from which LCDR John Potter will return in mid 2010 -- again this will be advertised in late 2009/early 2010. Another position exists for LCDRs in New York as the Assistant Defence Attaché to the UN -- this is due to rotate to Navy in 2013. LEUTs also have the opportunity for an exchange posting as the Logistics Support Officer within the USN Logistics Support Center in Florida, a job which has proven excellent preparation for charge for previous incumbents. This position will be due to rotate at the end of 2010. In addition to these opportunities of course, Supply Officers are not excluded from applying for Exchange Programme Long Look -- for which selections are currently being considered. See DSCM WEF/WHF/ZHP 120246Z AUG 09. So you can see that whether it is on operations or on exchange, there are a range of opportunities for you to be employed on the international stage. Combine these opportunities with a Fleet Activity Schedule for 2009 which has included Northern Trident and for 2010 which includes deployments throughout Asia, to Pearl Harbour, the MEAO and a range of other interesting ports and you will see that joining the Navy to see the world was not a myth. The Poster's Page I am very happy to make a contribution in keeping with the theme of 'an international approach to logistics and support'. However, I will not pass up the opportunity to make mention of a few 'housekeeping' matters and points of interest first. BY LCDR BEN FAVELLE, RAN