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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2010
1 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 A Message from the Head of Supply Community Welcome to the 2010 Summer edition of the Navy Supply Newsletter -- 'Supply Community -- Achieving Every Day'. BY COMMODORE BOB RICHARDS, RAN While there are many changes being demanded of us individually and collectively under the Strategic Reform and New Generation Navy programs, an enduring fact is that the RAN Supply Community continues to deliver exceptional levels of service in support of ADF operations and exercises around the globe each and every day. 2010 has been a very busy and productive year and I am very proud of the achievements of our people. To set the scene for this edition of the Navy Supply Newsletter, I would like to highlight just some of the successes that the community has achieved in 2010. Navy Supply officers and sailors have been very active in the Joint Operations Command, with personnel participating in numerous ADF Operations from locations as far afield as the Solomons, Timor Leste, Sudan, Bahrain and Afghanistan. We have also been involved in logistics planning for exercises such as RIMPAC and Talisman Sabre 11, as well as participating in short notice deployments to support the Pakistan flood relief and the Haiti earthquake to name just a few. At home, the Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA) have acknowledged the achievements of the RAN Supply Community with HMAS MANOORA receiving the Excellence in Defence Logistics award for NSW for 2010. They were also a national finalist for the Transport and Logistics Industry Excellence Award in Technology. POSN Jodie Greaves was nominated for her great work on HMAS TOOWOOMBA in the Transport and Logistics Industry Excellence Award in the Young Professional of the Year category. This award is for the under 35s who have had a substantial influence on Transport and Logistics, have outstanding leadership and management skills and proven project and program implementation skills. My thanks and congratulations go to each of the award recipients and nominees. Fleet Command has seen the introduction of the Military Integrated Logistics Information System (replacing SDSS) in its Fleet Logistic Support Elements, SLIMS has been installed in our Minor War Vessels and submarines and for our Canteen staff, the Quicken software accounting package now provides all units with a much more intuitive and reliable reporting and auditing tool. Submarines now have SN sailors embarked as part of their augmented crew and pay transactions are no longer performed by our Writer sailors in Major Fleet Units. In conjunction with the DMO's Naval Inventory Procurement Office, Fleet have also introduced a Direct Vendor Delivered e-procurement purchasing arrangement with J Blackwoods and Sons Pty Ltd designed to improve the supply chain efficiency for 'Commercial Off-the-Shelf' items such as cleaning products, equipment and tools. This initiative, as well as streamlining the supply chain for these commonly used items, is generating significant and much needed SRP savings through a competitively priced Standing Offer arrangement. The training pipeline has also achieved major milestones with the Reserve OPLOG primary qualification maturing this year, with a number of officers gaining their PQ. The Intermediate Cooks Course has been overhauled with the successful re-write and pilot course delivered and the SU Officer continuation training program based on the updated SU Charge Knowledge Map continues to deliver very good outcomes. In Strategic Command, the Director of Navy Logistics Requirements and Sustainment has been full of activity updating logistic policy with numerous Defence Instructions, Australian Books of Reference and other reference documents being revised. The Navy Logistics Framework was submitted to CNSAC for approval and the Directorate continues to champion many of Navy's initiatives in the 'Smart Sustainment' stream of SRP. Lastly, I would like to thank all those who have served on operations over the past year. To the members who are currently deployed, away from their families and loved ones over the Christmas period, I would like to thank you for your commitment and especially wish to thank those loved ones at home who support you while you are away. I wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season and look forward to you returning in 2011 refreshed and ready for another year, supporting the fleet and again achieving every day!