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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2010
10 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 BY CMDR BRUCE SHEARMAN, RAN CSC All supply categories and the Supply Officer PQ are currently experiencing good health due to low separation rates and strong recruiting achievement, both from within the service and external. That said as a Community we cannot rest on our laurels and your Category Sponsors continue to work with key stakeholders to develop strategies that delivers an appropriately skilled, educated and sustainable Navy workforce capability to meet both current and future requirements. The theme for this edition of the Navy Supply Newsletter is achieving every day, and as a community we have been doing that extremely well. In the ever-changing world of logistics, continuous process improvement is not only necessary, it is essential and over the next 12 months there will be a range of projects conducted to determine a clearer understanding of the way ahead that focuses on improving logistic support in the RAN. One of the key projects is to identify training and opportunities that will improve the ILS skillsets for Supply Officers. To our customers, logistics is about getting the right bit to the right place at the right time, at minimum cost. However, logistics is not just about supplies and services: it is the applied science of predicting the future, managing the present and avoiding waste. The aim of the project is to identify methods to improve ILS training to ensure that the RAN has skilled ILS personnel to manage the sustainment of our operational capability. Whilst the retention rate of our personnel over the last 18 months has been high there are a number of new challenges that need to be addressed. Recruiting targets have been amended and in some cases reduced to reflect our current and projected workforce. There will also be changes to the number of training courses conducted; this is particularly relevant for the Supply Officer PQ with the Supply Officer Application Course reduced from two per calendar year, to one. Additionally, there are a large number of Officers in the pipeline waiting to undertake a Deputy Supply Officer posting. To address this NPCMA, DTA-LOG and DDNCM(S&H) have developed strategies that provide officers with an opportunity to complete this important career milestone. 2011 is shaping up to be a challenging year and the ADNCM (SU) focus will be to examine how the Supply Categories can adapt to the changes resulting from the Strategic Reform Program.. The Writer Category study conducted in 2009 demonstrated that the Supply Community cannot just replicate yesterday’s practices as they may no longer be valid or relevant in the future, and that the Supply Community needs to adapt in order to deliver on the strategic objectives of the Defence White paper, whilst continuing to attract and retain quality people. DDNCM (S&H) The Supply Community continues to provide excellent logistic support to the RAN and remains in a very healthy personnel state. Additionally our training continues to improve with our people better prepared professionally for their roles in the seagoing environment. BEAVER ENGINEERING PTY LIMITED BEAVER ENGINEERING PTY LIMITED BEAVER ENGINEERING PTY LIMITED Proud Contractors and Supporters of the Royal Australian Navy 30 Investigator Drive UNANDERRA NSW 2526 P 02 4272 2444 F 02 4272 2464 ampcontrolgroup.com Illawarra Cable Services are specialists in inspection and testing of all types of Shore supply power cables and can: Repair and supply all types of Shore supply cables • including the fitting of Viking plugs Conduct emergency on site repairs • Supply approved plug and receptacle filling compound •