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Maritime Logistics Community News : November 2009
42 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2009 The aim of the Talisman Sabre series is to exercise AS and US training objectives in the high-end warfighting environment and to reinforce the crucial strategic relationship between AS and the US. Talisman Sabre 2009 (TS09) was jointly sponsored by US Pacific Command (USPACOM) and the ADF Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS). This year apart from the high-end warfighting activities the exercise had a very important goal, to certify the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force (3MEF), led by LtGen (4 star) Zilmer, USMC, as a Combined Task Force (CTF). TS09 was conducted over the period 13--25 Jul 09 in a range of locations across the USA and Australia and included forces from the USA, Australia and Canada. Command and Control structure The TS09 CTF was broken down into seven components. These included the CTF HQ, Combined Force Maritime Component Command (CFMCC), Combined Force Air Component Command (CFACC), Combined Force Land Component Command (CFLCC), Combined Force Logistic Component Command (CFLOGC), Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF) and Combined Military Options Task Force (CMOTF). Each component being responsible for commanding their respective Force Elements (FE) to achieve the greater CTF mission. CFMCC For TS09 the Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC), CDRE Stephen McDowall, RAN, commanded all of the maritime units involved with the exercise, including more than 40 naval vessels, submarines, aircraft, dive teams and approximately 12,000 personnel in total. His CFMCC headquarters based at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii was staffed by a combination of Australian Fleet Battle Staff (FBS), along with ADF and USN augmentees. CFMCC was also responsible to provide the CTF with Maritime specific advice to enable the CTF to tailor their planning efforts. CFLOGC TS09 was the second time that a CFLOGC (commanded by BRIG David Creagh, 17 Combat Service Support Brigade, Australian Army) was established and was designed to provide common logistic support, advice and management. During the planning cycle it was decided that there was a benefit to assigning the traditional Navy Logistic Support Elements (LSE) to the CFLOGC with the primary role to support the Task Groups (TG) at sea. This meant that their formal reporting chain was up through the CFLOGC chain and not CFMCC. This was designed with the grand aim of providing the CFLOGC with the full visibility of the logistic issues across all components and the authority to rectify them where possible. Ultimately, this meant that CFMCC commanded the war fighting elements at sea, and CFLOGC provided logistic support to the Force. This is an area that will need some further work moving towards TS11. LSEs During the planning cycle for this exercise it was identified that a number of Logistic Support Element's (LSE) would be required across the Area of Operations (AO) to support the ships at sea. The USN's equivalent of the RAN LSE is a Logistic Response Team (LRT). It was decided that where possible a combined LSE/LRT concept would be implemented with wherever possible an RAN and USN Supply Officer working side by side. Three LSE/LRT's were established. LSE Rockhampton (LSE-R) was setup by LCDR Eddie Piekusis, RAN (assisted by a USN LRT from FISC Yokusuka headed by LT Mike Augustine, USN) with the primary aim of supporting the USS ESSEX Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) including both USN and RAN ships assigned to this TG. LSE Darwin (LSE-D) was established by LCDR Des Scanlan, RAN (assisted by LEUT Steve Young, RAN) to primarily provide local advice and assistance to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON Beach detachment who were supporting the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) with their organic Carrier On Deck (COD) aircraft. LSE Gladstone (LSE-G) was established by LEUT Luke Dennard to provide log support to all of the Mine Counter Measures (MCM) elements operating from Gladstone. Conclusion Overall, TS09 was a successful exercise from both an operational and logistics point of view. There are always things we can do better next year and I thank all those who have submitted constructive Lessons Learnt/ Identified for future planning activities. About the Author: LCDR Dan Dodds joined the RAN in 1998. He completed a Science degree at ADFA and commenced SUAC in 2002 before posting to HMAS CAIRNS, IPSWICH and WARRAMUNGA to gain his SU PQ. He deployed to the MEAO in 2004 and joined HMAS TOOWOOMBA in 2005 as DSO, passing the FSCB in 2006. This was followed by postings to HQJOC and as DRANLO Bahrain. In Mar 09 he joined the FBS as N1/ N4 -- Personnel and Logistics. He enjoys skiing (when there is time) and studying languages. Talisman Sabre 2009 Talisman Sabre is a biennial series of bilateral exercises between Australia and United States, and is a merge of the previously conducted Tandem Thrust and Crocodile exercises. BY LCDR DAN DODDS, RAN LOGISTIC CHAIN OF COMMAND -- CFMCC/CFLOGC CONNECTIONS