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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2010
36 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2010 And so it was time for me to learn all about stores and the meaning of TGLC, what better opportunity than FCP 10-1, to learn operational level logistics support to ships at sea. FCP 10-1 involved the following HMA Ships over a five week period, in and around the East Australia Exercise Area (EAXA): ANZAC, ARUNTA, WARRAMUNGA, BALLARAT, NEWCASTLE, DARWIN and our own personal fuel station, SIRIUS. We also had the pleasure of the company of HMNZS Te MANA and we all received great support from FLSE-ALBATROSS and the DMS boats at HMAS CRESWELL. The FCP included a week long harbour phase, which was used to good effect in preparing ourselves for the sea phases, and of course networking with fellow Pussers. Although ANZAC also made the change to Quicken in this week so we were rather busy. To add into the mix was the media day, which saw ANZAC featured on the Today Show and we hosted a VIP day. A stress release and morale booster was the sports day in HMAS CRESWELL. Although, it would seem to me that SO's highlight was being MATCONOFF (with a Log Helo and all), and so I thought perhaps I might share some of these experiences. ANZAC assumed the role of TGLC, which encompasses MATCONOFF and there was lots to be done. Even prior to sailing from FBW a significant amount of planning had to be completed as for ANZAC, FCP would only be the beginning as the FAS had ANZAC completing a deployment to New Zealand with the Long-N students and then to South East Asia. So there was even more to be done! Once ANZAC reached the East, FCP began with the constant distraction of warfare and the fun of ECCDs. The TGLC's work at sea began. Well as I am only an ASO, I still had a lot to learn -- what is it that a TGLC actually does at sea. I knew about all the pre-deployment planning; what is the plan for the mail; is there a need to have consigned cargo, are the OPSUM feeder routines sorted out and of course what minutes needed drafting?! But well wasn't that all finished? Before we sailed, my DSO had given me the heads up to read NAVSUPMAN 2 Chapter 14 and all its annexes in conjunction with ABR 6289. I smiled and politely and thought really? Lucky I did, because I could never have imagined how successful but challenging TGLC would be. What I had learnt was that as TGLC there are many different roles that have to be fulfilled. It encompasses combined LOGREQs, Logistics Helicopter, MATCONOFF, Health co-ordination, pax movements between units, and monitoring of stores related URDEFs amongst the Task Units. All of these together created a very busy supply department onboard ANZAC. Fortunately, our exposure to Sea Training Group was limited to nothing, as we had already reached Unit ready status prior to Christmas. The SO was emailing and signalling away our counter parts organising the stores movements, DSO was testing same time chat and well I was writing a LOGREQ that would have challenged War and Peace. Our storbies were flat out receiving and answering MSRs and getting stores sorted for all customers, including the embarked S70B-2 flight (which had 30 birdies as opposed to the usual 15, which was for their training throughput purposes), our stewards were hosting extra officers (Wardroom peaked at 37 at one stage), the medics were training new SMETs and advising on MEDIVACs, and our cooks were cooking up a great storm, as per usual. Last but by no means least, the Writers kept the admin ticking over, including the conduct of the Distance Support Pilot for pay, along with HMAS NEWCASTLE. But to say that Supply worked on their own would be impossible; as a branch we were getting advice off our MEO or WEEO or Birdies depending of the latest UMS. But with anything, I also saw that it took a couple of days to find its 'groove' - emails versus signals versus no connectivity and a little bit of inexperience but more importantly, I saw and felt first hand the training value at all different levels. As with any system, development and trying new ways can improve the current ideas, and I think that this FCP really gave Supply the chance Task Group Logistics Commander (TGLC) from an ASO Perspective As an ASO in HMAS ANZAC, life is busy at sea, especially with the steep learning curve that is required especially with my PQ board looming just over the horizon. BY LEUT LUCY FRAUENFELDER, RAN