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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2010
50 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2010 Naval Supply History BY CMDR NEIL HENDERSON, RAN (RTD) The way it was The aim of this article is • to invite Supply Officers and Stores sailors to reflect upon the Supply system they now enjoy!! Sorry, space limitations preclude in-depth discussion. • to share a little Supply Branch history. Background When the Korean War started I began my Naval career as a Stores Assistant using the manual accounting procedures left over from World War 2 and then I retired as a Supply Commander some 43 years later after I had developed and implemented the first Navy SDSS system at HMAS HARMAN in 1993. In the 1970's I designed the Defence Supply Retail Minicomputer System -- Navy (DSRMS-N) and in the 1980's, the Ship's Logistic Information Management System (SLIMS) A little trivia to begin with, did you know that the Supply Officer was defined in Queen's Regulations and Admiralty Instruction (QR&AI) Vol lll 1691 Edition. as: " I come now to the Clerk of the Cheques, who is an Officer of great trust and musters and cheques all men. His office consists of many intricate and difficult parts and requires an expert Clerk; one that knows the rules and methods of the Navy; a man of good judgment in business, sharp sighted and crafty, to prevent shifts, shams and cozenages that else will be put upon him; of skill to discern the goodness and right qualities of the stores served in, and in fine to be figilant, painful, honest and withal, a very just man; or else he may do many men much wrong, and discourage many good men". Is this Duty Statement still true?? In this edition I will concentrate on Naval Stores at the shipboard (retail) level. The following should be of interest: • Naval Stores originally consisted of products of the pine trees, namely spars, turpentine and tar. Eventually such items of canvas, tallow etc. , was added until we have the accepted present day range of anything from a needle to an anchor. • In the early days various ships departments such as the Carpenter and the sailmaker, maintained stocks to cover the requisites of their own particular trade. This practice continued in principle until the 1920's when various aspects of the Royal Navy were reviewed in the light of experience gained over the years but particularly of the defects evidenced during World War 1. • In 1922 the Central Store system was introduced in place of departmental storekeeping in order to provide more methodically and more economically for ships needs. Under this scheme the Supply Officer became responsible for the supply, stowage, distribution and accounting for all items of Naval Stores. However, it was not until the 1960/70's that the Engineer and Electrical Officers gave up their control over items of Machinery Spares, Spare Gear and Lists of Equipment. • Prior to the establishment of the NSC at Zetland, Stores Depots were scattered all over Sydney . Much time, manpower and transport were needed to swing around Stores Depots picking up items for casual demands, especially for the smaller ships when only in port overnight or the weekend These Stores Depots were: • General Naval Stores -- Garden Island • Stationery/Publications -- Dowling St Woolloomoloo • Electrical -- Dowling St W'loo • Return Store -- Dowling St W'loo • Radio/Radar -- Leichhardt • Air Stores -- Randwick • Medical Stores -- Randwick There was no "pool" of Stores sailors available from Fleet Headquarters to assist ships experiencing staff shortages due to sickness, leave etc until the 1970's • Stores sailors (Supply Assistants) were trained to work in Naval, Victualling, Mess Gear or Clothing stores. It was realized with the advent of the Fleet Air Arm that to add the diverse Air Stores accounting and stock handling procedures to their training , skill levels and work practices would be too much to expect. It was therefore decided to split the branch into Stores Naval (SN)- responsible for Naval and Air Stores and Stores Victualling (SV) -responsible for Victualling , Mess Gear and Clothing. Discussion From the birth of the RAN, through World War 2 until the 1950's our Naval Stores procedures and allowances were based upon the Royal Navy's (RN) way of doing business. Publications Some of these main publications were : • BR 4 -- Naval Storekeeping Manual (known as the Bible!!) which was to be read in conjunction with the small publication dealing with Australian-specfic procedures ABR 4 (1913 edition) • BR810 Series -- Rate Book of Naval Stores , the Authorised list of Naval Store items. • BR 358 -- Establishment of Naval Stores for Executive Purposes aboard Capital Ships, Cruisers and Aircraft Carriers. Separate BR's applied to Destroyers etc. • E Lists --Establishment of spares to be carried for Fitted Equipment (eg Radio and Radar outfits)