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Maritime Logistics Community News : November 2009
28 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2009 This fact is well known, but usually receives little fanfare when compared to the big ticket items. For the first time in a long time the Defence White Paper has delivered to Defence a comprehensive logistics enhancement and improvement program through up front investment and continuing our reform program. Accordingly, there are significant opportunities for deep reform to improve logistics affordability through the adoption of better business processes, optimal use of technology and introduction of modern purpose built facilities which will bring our logistics support infrastructure, supporting systems and business practices into the 21st century. All major elements of this broad logistics reform agenda being pursued by Defence are incorporated into the Defence Strategic Logistics Reform Program (DSLRP). This ensures a coordinated approach to Defence logistics reform and remediation activities. It covers logistics systems that extend from front line soldiers, sailors and airmen on operations globally, back to logistics bases and personnel in Australia. Navy is big winner in this program and I will cover the benefits to Navy in this article. Investment in Logistics The Defence Strategic Logistics Reform Program focuses on the most compelling areas in need of close attention, through deep reform, and identified where investment is essential to maximise productivity gains and provide improved logistics support to Defence. The program is being progressed under six logistics work streams. All reform and remediation activities have been grouped under these streams. These are: LOG 1 -- Consolidation and rationalisation of Defence's existing wholesale storage and distribution network. LOG 2 -- Delivery of significant business improvements through the remediation of high priority logistics shortfalls. LOG 3 -- Improvement of materiel logistics sustainment and preparedness. LOG 4 -- Delivery of adequate explosive ordnance importation, wholesale and retail storage facilities and a supporting distribution network, to provide an effective and efficient Explosive Ordnance capability. LOG 5 -- Improvement of the strategic management of fuel. LOG 6 -- Reform the management of Defence Inventory. Operational Infrastructure The introduction of the new Landing Ship Helicopter Dock (LHD) Ships was covered in the last issue of this newsletter. What is not well publicised is the Government intent to invest around $140m over the next four years, towards enhancements to logistics infrastructure in Darwin, Townsville and Western Australia in direct support of the LHDs and the west coast based fleet. In Darwin, $20m is to be invested in the enhancement of current Naval bulk fuel facilities as well as contributing to the construction of new amphibious ship loading facilities in the Port of Darwin. Specifically, fuel pipelines at Fort Hill Wharf that support Navy vessels' bulk fuel off-loading, to and from the Navy Fuel Installation at Stokes Hill, will be upgraded to ensure continued compliance with fire safety and occupational health and safety regulations. Facilities need to be developed to enable secure and unimpeded access to the primary side-door loading amphibious ships on a 24/7 basis and provides good road and rail access and proximity to Robertson Barracks. In conjunction with the Northern Territory Government, investment in the construction of a hardened landing craft boat ramp at East Arm Port will enable the LHDs to load and offload vehicles, stores and equipment utilising their organic watercraft as well as addressing the challenges associated with the extreme tidal range in Darwin. Similarly, the Port of Townsville is key to sustaining ADF operations. It provides necessary support to forward deployed Major Fleet Units and sustains involvement in joint and multinational maritime operations and exercises within the northern and north eastern approaches. To meet the introduction into service of the LHDs in 2014, over $30m is to be invested in Townsville over the next four years to upgrade an existing wharf as well as providing improved aviation fuel facilities to support current and future ADF and multinational operations. The enhanced upgrade will include lengthening the existing Berth 10 to approximately 230 metres and strengthening the berth to accommodate the movement of heavy armoured vehicles and equipment. Townsville will also be the beneficiary of an enhanced naval aviation fuel storage facility. The construction of a Guided Weapons facility in Western Australia was also included in the White Paper. This maintenance facility will enable Defence to improve missile operational availability, and bring new technology and industry to the west. Future Wholesale Storage and Distribution Network Consolidation and rationalisation of Defence's existing wholesale storage Defence Strategic Logistics Reform Program -- The White Paper Delivers for Logisticians The ADF has been at a high operational tempo for some time and, in all likelihood, will continue to be so. Effective delivery of logistics support is essential to operational success. BY LCDR ED LAWLER, RANR