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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2010
42 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2010 Other Resident Units include the Headquarters Fleet Air Arm (HQFAA), Naval Aviation Systems Program Office (NASPO), RAN Tactical Electronic Warfare Support Section (RANTEWSS), Training Authority-Aviation, Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU), Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre (AJAAC), Naval Weather and Oceanographic Centre (NWOC), and the Army Parachute Training School (PTS). There are over 2000 uniformed, civilian and contracted personnel working in ALBATROSS. How does this relate to Supply in ALBATROSS, you ask. Supply functions in ALBATROSS are carried out by a combination of uniformed, Defence APS, and Defence Contracted personnel, all working together in areas such as DMO, HQFAA, DSG, JLC, Fleet and ALBATROSS in supporting the delivery of Naval Aviation capability to the RAN. Under the Strategic Reform Program many of these areas will see significant change in the way they conduct business and the new staffing challenges they will be required to undertake. Currently, Supply staff working for CO ALBATROSS consists of Naval Stores and Writer sailors. The Personnel office is staffed by a CPOWTR, LSWTR and a few AB WTRs. They provide interpretation of personnel policy and related advice to Command and Divisional Staff. Over the last year, a couple of the WTR staff went on LASEX to HMAS STIRLING and HMAS KUTTABUL. This aided in the completion of their WTR Journals and broadened their knowledge of how other establishments operate. LASEX is an invaluable tool for continuation training and to provide those more career rounding experiences. Further, due to New Generation Navy (NGN) some of the administrative responsibilities that would normally belong to the CO ALBATROSS were reviewed and devolved to other COs of resident units. Coupled with this, a comprehensive set of SOPs was written to ease the administrative burden to the other COs in ALBATROSS and also double as a very useful Divisional / Personnel Tool. Naval Stores sailors work primarily at FLSE-A headed by a LCDR (SU). The SAO CPOSN Kev Bryson has many years experience with aviation stores, PUKs, OAL and SAS Kits. He can recognise many stock numbers by sight. Not the DGU again!! Constant liaison by FLSE-A staff with all stakeholders (NASPO, SQN LSSNs, ship's stores staff, deployed flights and DNSDC Nowra Warehouse staff) is the key to success. The FLSE-A High Priority Demand Cell constantly monitors aviation stores requests of deployed flights and the associated stores delivery pipeline, which has resulted in a very high satisfaction rate of stores being delivered to the correct customer, in a timely manner. Recent achievements by FLSE-A have been the complete rewrite of the aviation chapter of ABR 4 Chapter 27, a complete rebuild of Seaking PUK 71 into the new BAC Cabinets and the deployment of an ABSN to sea in HMAS MANOORA during the First of Class Flight Trials for the MRH 90. The introduction of this aircraft type in the new amphibious ships will see a marked difference in the deployment of aviation assets to sea, a different maintenance philosophy and different challenges in the way that the new aircraft type will be logistically supported. FLSE-A staff are being actively consulted in the logistic support options for MRH 90 aircraft, particularly in the planning for deploying of spares packages and PUKs to sea, and the associated stowage and management issues with operating aviation stores in a seaborne environment. The bulk of the RAN spares support for its helicopter fleet currently resides at DNSDC Nowra (ALBATROSS) and is maintained by the current DIDS Contractor, British Aerospace Systems Australia (BAESA). Joint Logistics Command (JLC) has embedded three APS and two SN staff at DNSDC Nowra to manage the JLC contractor in the delivery of Naval Aviation Stores support for the three resident squadrons, flights deployed to ships, and the other 60 odd Supply Customer Accounts at ALBATROSS. In the Defence Support Group (DSG), Australian Public Service personnel form the core of the staff and are ably supported by three supply senior sailors (CPOSTD, CPOCK and POSTD) as Contract Liaison Officers. They oversee the management of the Garrison Support Services contracts in relation to hospitality, garrison support, cleaning, accommodation, waste management, security and grounds maintenance, which as you can imagine for an establishment the size of ALBATROSS is quite considerable. HQFAA has one LCDR (SU) billet which maintains the Material Sustainment and Service Level Agreements, and ensuring that logistic systems support the delivery of naval aviation capability. The billet incumbent is also part of the HQFAA Management Audit Team. ALBATROSS presents some very unique opportunities for personnel to see the Fleet Air Arm in action. As an SN there are posting opportunities to work in the various squadrons, in FLSE-A, at RANTEWS or, in JLC (DNSDC Nowra). They all present many different challenges and an opportunity to thrive if your desire takes you there. As the majority of the RANs Major Fleet Units have a flight deck, the chance that you will have a helicopter attached to your ship with its associated PUK or OAL is always possible. A posting to ALBATROSS FLSE, or a Squadron, will provide a lot of experience in the management of aviation stores when they come to your ship. There are many new challenges ahead over the next few years at State in Focus: Supply Happenings in HMAS Albatross BY LCDR CHRIS WYNTER, RAN, OIC FLSE-A As the home of the RANs Fleet Air Arm, HMAS ALBATROSS (CAPT Stefan King RAN) which is located on the NSW South Coast, directly supports the three ALBATROSS based helicopter Squadrons being 723 SQN -- AS350 Squirrels, 816 SQN -- S-70B-2 Seahawk, and 817 SQN -- SK50 Seaking.