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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2010
16 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 In this time I have also completed the proposed Writer Transition Plan 2010 - 2020 building upon the extensive work by my predecessor WOWTR Andrew Hart. It is fitting I acknowledge the contribution of WO Hart during his time as the Category Manager. I thank him for all his efforts and wish him well in his new role as the Fleet WOWTR. For those of you who do not know me, I have had many postings covering all facets of Writer duties both at sea and ashore. I have also had opportunities to be employed in Defence Recruiting, Navy Headquarters, overseas exchange and operational roles. My most recent posting prior to being promoted and becoming your Category Manager was as the COSEC in HMAS Sydney. As many of you would know in June this year transactional pay was removed from major fleet units with responsibility for this transferred to DSG. Having personally experienced this process I am aware the transition has not been without its challenges. Despite these challenges, Writer sailors continue to achieve results every day and I am encouraged to see as a category we continue to prove how versatile, reliable and integral we are to the wider Navy community. During my recent visits to units I have been discussing the future for the Writer category. The proposed Writer Transition Plan 2010 - 2020 was submitted and endorsed by the Supply Advisory Council in July this year and is due to be presented to the Navy People Committee in November. The proposed manning requirements for Writers on new platforms due to come into service from 2014 onwards will require less Writer positions at sea than we currently have. Therefore the future demand for Writers will be less than the current workforce of 234. Having a demand with fewer positions at sea in the future will require fewer positions ashore which will be gradually put in place over the next 10 years. The next few years will be an interesting time for the Writer category as it transitions from those duties we have historically done to those of the future. Whatever the future brings we are living in a rapidly changing environment due to new technologies and streamlined business processes. I encourage all Writers to actively participate in the future of the category. As your Category Manager, I alone do not have all the answers and consider it essential to receive input and feedback from Writer sailors. I believe our shared goal for the category is to ensure we deliver the trusted service we have always provided and continue to achieve every day results through professionalism and excellence. From the Writer Category Manager As your new Category Manager I have had a busy start to my new role. My first three months has included visits to a number of units where I have been extremely impressed with the results being achieved by Writer sailors. BY WOWTR MARC HENDERSON CSC Victoria – Head Office: 20-22 Macquarie Drive Thomastown Victoria 3074 Australia Tel: 61 3 9465 8777 Fax: 61 3 9465 8788 N.S.W. Office: Tel: 61 2 9844 5495 Fax: 61 2 9844 5478 FreeCall 1800 334 005 Web: www.jacmor.com.au E-mail: email@example.com JAC 015 Thordon Bearings offer excellent wear life, reduced noise and low operating friction while providing a dependable, environmentally friendly alternative to the grease and oil lubricated bearings. The Mining, Sugar Cane, Marine, Sewage, Water Treatment, Paper Pulp and Forestry industries are just a few of the industries that have Thordon bearing applications. Over fifty years experience A wholly owned Australian Company Over fifty years experience A wholly owned Australian Company Sutherland Instrument Service Co. Pty Ltd ContraCtors to Dept of DefenCe repair calibration sales of industrial marine scientific instrumentation - relief and solenoid ValVes - pressure - transducers - temperature tachometers - barometers - electrical meters ValVes - fuel test equipment - etc. 92 Karimbla rd. miranda nsW 2228 Ph: (02) 9525 1899 fax: (02) 9525 8129 www.suth-inst.com.au