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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2010
41 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 Equipment, consisting of approximately 90% of the SAL) and GFE (Government Furnished Equipment), forwarding GFE requirements to the Warehouse at FLSE-C. When the LAN and email services are frequently down on the Ship, this process does not facilitate regular provisioning of the Storerooms. There have also been ongoing URDEFs this year which have resulted in the inaccurate reporting of SAL and MAL bi-query data. Despite the frustrations that AMPS has caused for the majority of my posting to HS White, these problems are soon to be relieved for future SOs, as SLIMS has recently been implemented on LEEUWIN and is scheduled to be implemented in Oct 10 on MELVILLE. Through the LSSN being assisted by SLIMS training as a SLIC, as well as through the production of End of Period reports, SLIMS is anticipated to strongly improve the overall Stores state on a Hydrographic Survey Ship. Positive Aspects Being the SO of a HS Ship has strongly assisted me in my confidence and preparedness for my employment as a DSO. Although on a much smaller scale than an MFU, it remains that I have now had exposure as a HOD in managing a Department, and as a result have been required to fulfil and be responsible for some SO roles, such as SO Supersession Certificates, DMA and WUP preparations, deployment preparations and Visit Liaison Co-ordinator duties in overseas ports. Although extensive defects whilst embarked on both occasions on MELVILLE have prevented the conduct of the full program, I have also been involved in OP RESOLUTE preparations. Involvement in programming and attendance at Command Team meetings has also been another positive aspect to my development and preparation for future Supply roles. Fun experiences SO of a HS Ship is not all work, and there is an element of fun also! Earlier this year I deployed to Papua New Guinea to conduct a three-month Survey in the Trobriand Islands with HMAS LEEUWIN. During this visit there was much sightseeing to be done in Rabaul, Alotau and Madang, which boast strong WWI and WWII histories, active volcanoes and extensive diving opportunities. The Trobriand Islands were also spectacular, and when not working afforded the opportunity to visit pristine white sand beaches, swimming and snorkelling in a clear blue ocean, and bartering with the locals for the provision of bananas and coconuts! I returned to Australia with some of the warmest memories of the friendliest locals who still live in the most traditional, simplistic way in the Islands. When questioned, they assumed that another World War had started, as the last time that they had seen a Navy Ship in the Trobriand Islands was during WWII! I strongly encourage pre-DSO Supply Officers to be employed as the SO of HS Red, Blue and White Crews, to gain an additional sea posting and valuable training and development opportunities that will assist them in the future. I have gained one thing that is rare for a Supply Officer at my level -- I will be on Tier 2 at the end of this posting and by the time I return toseaasaDSO! Mixing with the locals in the Trobriand Islands, PNG