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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2010
39 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 2010 has proven thus far to be a record year in terms of materiel support from DNSDC to the RAN. With CAPT Nick Mathews, RANR assuming Command of the DNSDC organisation this year, an increased Naval focus has been evident. Adding to this Naval presence is LCDR Wolfgang Miko, RANR, who assumed the responsibility of the Executive Officer in May this year. CAPT Mathews is the first Reservist to be awarded Command of DNSDC, and during this tenure had the task of guiding the DNSDC organisation through the recent MILIS Go-Live event. As the Executive Officer and head of the Executive Branch, LCDR Miko has responsibility for the DNSDC regional sites in NSW, located in Randwick, Nowra, Richmond, Williamtown and the Hunter Valley. The COMD and XO positions in DNSDC Moorebank traditionally rotate as Tri-Service positions, and to have Naval Supply Officers in both of these roles has provided a rare opportunity. DNSDC Moorebank has over 250 ADF members and Defence APS employees in four branches (similar to departments on a ship), being: • Executive Branch; • Regional Fleet Services Branch; • Business Management Branch; and • Contract Management Branch. Naval personnel compose the smallest demographic in the DNSDC organisation, yet Navy are the largest customer in terms of storage, warehousing and distribution. Apart from the Command Team, the remaining bulk of Naval personnel in DNSDC Moorebank form part of the OPS section of Regional Fleet Services Branch. LCDR Andrew Hobbs and CPOSN Rachael Brookshaw compose the RANLO organisation, and throughout the year have been heavily involved in the remediation of the Naval Returns process and the implementation of the ANAO audit findings. The RANLO team have managed to visit almost every MFU throughout the course of the year, allowing direct feedback from Fleet units to be received and implemented. The mammoth task of resolving Discrepancy Reports (DR's) and engaging external authorities to ensure items enter the reverse supply chain has been a key focus of the RANLO staff. Significant progress has been made in these areas, and the challenges with the MILIS implementation make this a project of continued significance. Promising new initiatives with Naval Credit Returns procedures have the potential to significantly improve the way Navy manages returns, reducing workloads on SN's at sea and significantly limiting the number of DR's created. The other area of DNSDC Moorebank with direct communication lines to the fleet is the Logistic Support Cell (LOGSPT), manned by four highly experienced APS personnel with LEUT Michael O'Keefe in the role of OIC LOGSPT. In the year to date, the LOGSPT team have responded to over 3500 urgent demands for URDEFS and Signal Demands, of which approximately 70% were able to be satisfied from inventory held in DNSDC. The LOGSPT Cell also has two personnel dedicated to RAN Deployment Support, attending pre-deployment meetings for ships deploying overseas and acting as the first POC for East based ships requiring stores deliveries in foreign ports. The final Naval position in DNSDC-Moorebank is billeted to the COMSEC Platoon. Embedded in the platoon made up of primarily Army Sigs is ABSN Damien McDonald, who has relished the opportunity to gain an appreciation of Tri-Service Logistics procedures and systems such as CARDS. The strong Naval presence and experienced APS staff has allowed DNSDC to provide a sound level of support to Naval units throughout the year thus far, and have set a strong foundation for the years ahead. DNSDC Moorebank -- naval presence now stronger than ever With naval items now making up 80 percent of DNSDC Moorebank's business, an increased naval presence has proven invaluable. BY LEUT M O'KEEFE, RAN