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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2010
46 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2010 Some of the issues that have arisen since the issue of the Defence White Paper and the subsequent Strategic Reform Programme have had ready-made solutions available whilst others have needed innovation and imagination WATERHEN and in particular FLSE-W have throughout the past 18 months been subject to a number of significant changes to business practices, many have been driven by the requirement to apply new Navy Compliance Assurance practices (as is the case across whole of Navy) but others have been adopted to support some of the new initiatives designed to improve business practices. This short article outlines some of the challenges we have faced and the action we have taken to address them; all of which has been achieved whilst striving to maintain the best possible service to our customers in the MCD community. Continuous Improvement Programme (LEAN) Earlier this year, the Mine Hunter Coastal System Continuous Improvement Project was announced. This is part of the Defence Strategic Reform Program under the leadership of the Directorate of Navy Continuous Improvement. Phase 1 of the project was to complete an analysis of the MHC Systems and identify potential opportunities for improvement. The project team, with the help of many from 'Team Waterhen', submitted their report at the beginning of March and found that there were in fact a number of improvements that may be possible. These opportunities ranged from small 'just-do-it' initiatives, all the way up to transformational projects. Although many of the Phase 1 findings were only preliminary, a number of 'quick wins' within FLSE were identified and have been taken for further investigation and/ or action in Phase 2, these include: • Management of DUP funding Streamline the allocation of DUP funding to Fleet and lodger units. Seek alternative means of supply. Remove waste from DUP financing • Direct Issues Transition to the direct issuing of stores items in order to reduce the number of MIMS transactions required • SQ018 Simplify the process for approvals of SQ018 for items that need to be brought on charge due to not being on SDSS (SDSS misalignment) • SCA Muster Packs Streamline the process for submitting SCA Muster Packs for annual audit and supersession of custodians • Returns -- Ensure correct compilation of SQ205/ TM179 to ensure identified faults are correctly rectified without incurring additional costs arising from unnecessary work due to incorrect or inaccurate fault diagnosis by returning unit. -- Investigate way to speed up returns process to ensure quicker turnround of repaired items thus potentially negating the need to hold additional spares of repairable/ rotable items in depot. Continuous improvement is what is says it is and FLSE-W will continue to work with our partners in the MCD community including Thales Australia (TA - our Prime Contractor) to find ways to get things done more efficiently whilst realising cost benefits that will be ongoing as part of the SRP. Naval Stores Support As part of the ongoing commitment to good governance and, at the more tactical level, to give MHC COs greater exposure to the levels of logistic support available to them, a programme for the roll-out of SLIMS to MHCs has commenced. Preparations have included the mustering of all accounts to verify quantities before setting up new AIUs and the allocation of generic storerooms in each MHC both of which have taken time to ensure correctness and accuracy, although the mustering of all MHC accounts has negated the need for additional stocktaking in these units for this SRS period. Once up and running, MHC SN staff will enjoy a degree of independence not seen before across this class of ship. Demand processing times will be significantly reduced due to not having to process all demands through FLSE whilst the presence of an onboard IMS will offer greater (real time) asset visibility and consequently more effective support to capability. Stop Press: At the time of writing, SLIMS has been successfully installed in HMAS HUON with roll-outs to HMA Ships DIAMANTINA, GASCOYNE and YARRA to be competed by mid-June 2010. The Stocktaking Reporting System (SRS) is now fully established and at the time of writing being processed for end of term reporting. This on-line system has forced us down the track of greater planning and of equal importance the need to stick to that plan to meet the imposed deadlines. Interpretation of some of the requirements of SRS has been challenging but decisions can usually be made after consultation with our compliance cell and if necessary through the Navy Compliance Assurance office Catering Support To date, the implementation of 'Standardised Menus' across our 4 operational MHCs (HUON, GASCOYNE, DIAMANTINA and YARRA) is 75% complete - initial feedback is mixed with menu flexibility and the cooks ability to display personal flair and imagination being two of the early concerns. This feedback whether positive or negative is absolutely welcome here at FLSE-W and indicates that we may well have to do some State in Focus: Fresh ideas for FLSE-Waterhen BY LCDR JOHN MOORES, RAN, OIC FLSE-W Arriving at WATERHEN at the beginning of this year, I was almost immediately confronted with the realisation that much was going on to effect some significant changes, all of which would impact the way FLSE would be conducting its business to transit into New Generation Navy.