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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2010
26 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 The pace of our activities within the Fleet Supply community never cease to amaze me, and as I write this article for the last newsletter for 2010 on the last day for submission I can reflect on what has been an extremely successful year for us all. Yesterday saw over 230 members of the Navy Supply Community attend the annual Fleet Supply BBQ at HMAS KUTTABUL. As I mentioned to those attending, the tremendous turnout was a reflection of the strength of our community and your commitment and dedication to your workmates. It was a great afternoon and for the many of you proceeding on leave today, a very fitting end to the year. So, to reflect a little, some of the long hard slog has been in the Naval Stores arena. This year has seen the wholesale remediation of Fleet wide AIU/ CDI account discrepancies and the provision of detailed advice to Commanding Officers to prevent a reoccurrence of adjustments of this magnitude. We all have a part to play here, whether you are the SMNSN in a first sea posting or CSO (SUP) up here in FHQ, and is worth reflecting that the management of these accounts is a whole ship function, not just one that falls to the Supply Department! Separately, we have instituted a revised procedure for the return of stores to JLU business units, to remediate a long standing ANAO audit finding against Defence. The responsibility for this audit finding was accepted by FHQ last year and I am very encouraged by the effort of all the parties concerned in putting these new arrangements in place this year. I expect that Navy will advise the ANAO that all actions required to remediate this audit finding have been completed by the end of this year, so you can expect that the ANAO will conduct visits during the first half of 2011 to assess our level of compliance. This year has also seen the rollout of SLIMS to all Minor War vessels and I am very pleased that this ambitious program is now complete. I expect that we will start to see major improvements in onboard accounting for stores, particularly in the Collins class, which will demonstrate the importance of this initiative. Another stores initiative that has now completed rollout this year is the COTS direct vendor delivery arrangements that NIPO have with Blackwoods. This is a major breakthrough in terms of demand satisfaction and gives each MFU a real budget to manage their requirements against. In addition it is a very positive commitment to our savings remit under SRP and I commend the initiative to you all. Next year will see a renewed focus on the cost of doing business through a joint DMO/Navy Consumption Management Project which will capture and report stores expenditure for each fleet unit. Watch this space for more on this important project in the first few months of the New Year. One of the other key actions in the Fleet Support force this year has been the retender of the SONPAS contract. We are nearing completion of the evaluation of tender submissions, with the intent to have the new arrangements in place by the end of February. This has been a demanding contract to retender, but I am confident that the new arrangements will provide the fleet with a much better product, both within Australia and throughout the world. On Level 4 this year, we have seen the departure of D/CFLS, LCDR Kerry Relf, who has become a mother in the last month. She will be replaced by LCDR Des Scanlon from HMAS COONAWARRA in February. The Supply Sea Training Group has also be seeing some changes with CMDR Tony Davidson departing for the MCDSPO, CMDR Paul Mulcahy about to conclude a period of CFTS as his replacement, and CMDR Chris Roberts join in the New Year as the permanent FSO. WOSN Deb Butterworth will also depart in the New Year to be replaced by newly promoted WOSN Kath Hoopert and WOCK Col McKenzie is off to TOBRUK as the SWO. They have both done a fantastic job in the STG and I wish them the very best for their next postings. Finally, may I take this opportunity to acknowledge again, your commitment and professionalism in the delivery of logistic support to the Fleet, be it in Cairns, Darwin, FBE, ALBATROSS or the West. Your dedication is a source of great pride to me and your senior leaders in the Supply Community. Well done and enjoy a well deserved break over the next month. Fleet Headquarters -- Chief Staff Officer (Support) BY CAPT NEVILLE TEAGUE, RAN