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Maritime Logistics Community News : November 2009
30 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2009 Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) is responsible for and Commands all ADF Operations. The HQ was formally opened in 2009 and is located near Bungendore (Canberra) in a centralised, purpose built facility with some 700 staff. The Logistics and Support for Operations at HQJOC is through the J1/ J4 branch (Joint Personnel and Joint Logistics in the NATO terminology). Under Joint Logistics there are two directorates, Joint Log Plans (J45) and Joint Log Ops (J43). Joint Log Ops is then broken into Global and Regional/Domestic Operations. There are Navy Supply Officers performing the positions of Director Joint Logistics and Staff Officer Global Ops and Staff Officer Regional/Domestic Ops. This means every Operation managed by HQJOC has a Navy Supply Officer intimately involved in the Logistics and Support to that Operation. The work we do The intention is to describe a few of the challenges and work completed in the past six months. The scope is to concentrate on the three biggest Operations which are SLIPPER, ANODE and ASTUTE. Each is vastly different with challenges ranging from combating an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threat in Afghanistan to negotiating an Aeromedical Evacuation contract in the Solomon Islands, to negotiating berths and Ship services alongside Djibouti. Lift. is an essential requirement of projecting force. On SLIPPER, there are Australian C17, C130, P3C, CH47 and S70B aircraft in addition to coalition and contracted aircraft. The aircraft are maintained in theatre with regular tail swaps to Australia for heavier maintenance. The lift includes strategic inter-theatre lift as well as intra-theatre and tactical lift of freight and personnel. The Australian assets are supplemented by contracted lift that currently expends >$100m pa. Each contracted flight from Australia costs in the vicinity of $1m each. JOC has implemented a sea container trial to move freight forward. This involves the permanent creation of a sea node, a land leg to the airport and air leg into Afghanistan. JOC are anticipating significant improvement in cargo delivery times as well as a significant decrease in cost. Contractor Interaction. ANODE is an Australian Federal Police (AFP) lead operation with ADF support, working in the Solomon Islands. There is a significant contractor supported logistics effort in place to provide base and medical support, air and sea lift. Operational air support is likewise provided through a contractor, PDL Toll. The contractor likewise supports the ADF through the AFP contract. Coalition Interaction. In all three Operations, Australia is in partnership with other countries. The level of mutual logistic support varies between country and interoperability of like assets. The spares concept for C17 Globemaster aircraft relies heavily on US support with the majority of spares sourced from US supplies and sent forward as required. Coalition Warships exchange fuel at sea. The M113 personnel carriers (tracked) in Timor are being replaced with the NZ Pinzgauer infantry mobility vehicle (wheeled). The catering in Tarin Kowt is currently provided by the Netherlands and the warning system for rocket attacks will soon be provided by the Singaporeans. Explosive Ordnance is regularly cross levelled between suppliers to support user requirements. All these swaps, exchanges and support are negotiated and managed through LOGOPS. Whole of Government Interaction. The trend in Operations is to have a whole of government approach to providing a solution. Interaction with the AFP, AUSAID and DFAT are prime amongst the government agencies side by side the ADF in these three Operations. In Baghdad, the ambassadorial protection is currently supplied by the ADF and is being transitioned to DFAT who are usually responsible for this protection. AUSAID are actively working in Afghanistan to stabilise the population and provide support. These agencies have liaison officers embedded within HQJOC to ensure a seamless flow of information and greater understanding of each others businesses, strengths capabilities and capacities. Interservice Interaction. Key amongst the preparation by the Services to assign forces and equipment to JOC is the mounting process. This process of unit identification, force composition and equipping culminates in a work up and Mission Readiness Examination prior to the Service Chiefs handing over the Command of these forces to Commander Joint Operations (CJOPS) to conduct Operations. The different environments (Maritime, Land, Aerospace An International Approach to Logistics and Support A perspective from Headquarters Joint Operations Command. BY LCDRS IAN DAVIES AND SEAN NOBLE, RAN