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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2010
30 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 "It is both an honour and a humbling experience to receive civilian recognition on behalf of my onboard team for their achievements across a wide range of logistic support provided to an amphibious warship that delivers mission-essential outcomes across a broad range of missions in the maritime environment," said LCDR Pilbeam, upon being presented the award by the New South Wales Minister for Transport and Minister for Central Coast, The Hon John Cameron Robertson, MLC. "The team have certainly proven themselves to be versatile, capable and resilient -- "in War and in Peace." With an innovative and sustainable logistics minded management team, the department conducts activities in direct support of the ship's operational capability and consistently seeks to establish continuous development and introduce streamlined processes enabling them to provide Command, the ship's company, Australian and Foreign Defence Forces embarked personnel a range of catering, accommodation, personal administration, health care and logistic support. This support enables HMAS MANOORA to maintain her involvement in operational deployments throughout the region in both regional security and humanitarian assistance missions, and regular participation in joint and combined exercises. Civilian Logistics award On Wednesday 1 September 2010, HMAS MANOORA Supply and Health Department received the CILTA NSW 2010 EXCELLENCE IN DEFENCE LOGISTICS Award for "the outstanding logistics work of its defence personnel in protecting our country in peace and war". BY LCDR P. PILBEAM, RAN HMAS MANOORA SUPPLY AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT Ships from Thailand, Singapore, Japan joined eight RAN vessels in the exercise, which aimed to build interoperability and international operations between the navies. I was charged with the responsibility of running the LSE for the exercise, providing support to the RAN ships involved, as well as providing logistics advice to the Exercise Director, CAPT Van Dyke. In my charge was SBLT Megan Haines from FLSE-D, CPO Catherine Hoopert and three very eager and capable junior sailors from FLSE-D: ABSN Gavin Shooter, SMNSN Peter Barnes and SMNSN Nick Hearne. All members of the LSE worked long hours in the heat working to ensure that the ships got the stores and provisions which they required in order to keep the ships sailing on time. The exercise provided the opportunity for the LSE to react to the changing needs of the ships, including organising reefers as a result of fridge URDEFs, conducting local purchasing on behalf of the ships, organisation of returns to JLU-W and JLU-N, transfer of stores via helo to ships at sea, personnel transfer support and coordinating the delivery of stores and provisions to ships at anchor. The tasks assigned to the LSE could not have been conducted without the support of FLSE-D, and the oversight of LCDR Des Scanlan. Additionally, the provision of services from Port Services Darwin was integral to the ability of the LSE to be able to do their job. The PSM, LCDR David 'Stretch' Plummer and his assistant Mr Chris Cullen was the lynchpin to many activities which the LSE was involved in, many in the early hours of the morning to try and ensure that provisions were not overly affected by the heat. In addition to providing shore support to the ships involved in the exercise, it was the task of both SBLT Haines and I to brief the Exercise Director on the logistic aspects of the exercise on a daily basis. Prior to our daily briefing, we had the opportunity to access 'Same Time Chat' which had each ship linked in. This was a great opportunity for the officers to gain insight into the other aspects affecting the execution of the Exercise, such as serials which were programmed for the upcoming twenty-four hours, as well as highlighted any opportunities we had to transfer urgent stores to ships at sea. It was at these briefings that we most exposed to the impact of the International involvement, as we did not provide shore support to the other navies, this was done through ship's agents. SBLT Haines and I learnt of the difficulties in communicating with nations where English is not the first language. Op Sum feeders came through with varying amounts of information, which was no doubt a combination of messages lost in translation, and an element of security awareness. However, this did not impact on the overall success of the exercise. Overall, Exercise KAKADU was deemed a successful exercise. It provided an opportunity for the members of the LSE to hone logistic skills and knowledge, as well as to strengthen relationships with support agencies and to test the ability to provide logistic support to ships at sea. Exercise KAKADU 2010 LEUT A. HARRINGTON, RAN Exercise KAKADU 2010 is the largest international maritime exercise in Australia for 2010.