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Maritime Logistics Community News : November 2009
34 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2009 Other than stores support to the occasional port visit, the unit generally operates below the radar of the RAN. This will no doubt change when the LHDs come online but in the mean time the vast majority of our work is focused on logistic support to the ARA and RAAF. JLU (NQ) (LTCOL P. Cambridge) is the face of Joint Logistics Command (JLC) in Far North Queensland. With warehouses at both RAAF base Townsville and Lavarack Barracks, the unit has 15 uniformed personnel from the three services and boasts an APS staff of around 60. In partnership with BAE, JLU (NQ) look after the many varied functions required to ensure the continued support of its dependent units. This includes maintaining a fleet of loan pool vehicles, camp earmark stores, Not in Catalogue purchasing purchasing, marine fleet maintenance and general stores functions just to name a few. To date, this year has been an exceptionally busy period for all in the unit. It started in January with providing logistic support to the flood relief in Ingham. JLU (NQ) undertook short notice requests to supply and coordinate delivery of Combat Ration Packs to isolated families in the Ingham area. This was followed soon after with the requirement to establish a mounting base to support the kitting of the deploying troops. With Townsville’s 3 Bde supplying personnel to all operational theatres there has been over 1800 personnel kitted out through the JLU (NQ) mounting base. With up to 70 line items issued to each person this has thus far equated to upwards of 126,000 SDSS transactions. We have also been busy providing logistic support to the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP). AACAP 09 is being conducted in Mapoon, which lies approx 80 km north of Weipa on the Cape York Peninsula. The project this year involves the Army constructing three x three bedroom houses, 6 km road works, communications upgrades and extensions to the existing mains water services. Equipment from 17 Construction Squadron was moved from Sydney to Weipa by HMAS Tobruk and HMAS Manoora and then offloaded for road transport to Mapoon. More recently the team at JLU (NQ) have been tasked with preparing protected mobility vehicles for movement to the Middle East for use by the Election Support Forces. This task has drawn specialised personnel from different units to check and prepare the vehicles for airlift to the MEAO utilising USAF C17s. With further vehicle moves on the horizon we can look forward to more of the same over the short term. While the learning curve has been steep, it has also been rewarding. The opportunity to work in what is predominantly a green environment has broadened my outlook on how the other two services handle logistics. So next time your ship pulls into Townsville spare a thought for the DPCU clad figure delivering your stores on arrival. It may well be me. JLU (NQ) – Supporting the Front Line from the Tropical North Unlike some of the other Joint Logistic Units (JLU), many of you would have had little, if any, dealings with Joint Logistic Unit (North Queensland) in Townsville. BY LEUT MARK LUCKING, RAN Nu-Kleen Maintenance Services Pty. Ltd. “ The Clean Air Professionals” Fully recommended for Naval Support Specialising in: • Air Conditioning /Exhaust Duct • Cleaning • Deodorising • Disinfecting Internal cleaning of all supply, exhaust and recirculating ventilation systems including fans and associated equipment Yalgar Business Park 11/10 Yalgar Road, Kirrawee 2232 PO BOX 394, GYMEA NSW 2227 Ph: (02) 9521 8986 Fax: (02) 9545 1871 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.nukleen.com.au