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Maritime Logistics Community News : Winter 2011
13 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER WINTER 2011 A Cook's perspective: The impending decommissioning of MANOORA is bringing with it some new challenges for the eleven cooks on board. For many this is the first time we have been directly involved in a stock-take and although it may not appear to be the most exciting job for a junior cook, it has been a good opportunity to do some work outside of our normal day to day routine. A major part of the decommissioning process for us has been the de-storing of both our dry store and freezers and moving these goods on to other Ships. Although this was an arduous undertaking, it has left all of us with a great sense of accomplishment. With only the bare minimum of stores kept onboard it has proven to be a good opportunity for the cooks to get creative with writing a new menu. Although some old favourites have had to go some fantastic new dishes are coming out, giving the crew something to look forward to and the cooks a chance to hone their skills. The announcement of decommissioning has provided no days at sea so far in 2011, which has required some innovative teamwork within the catering section. Of particular note, under the minimum duty watch concept, the cooks only provide a lunchtime meal for the ship's company. The MANOORA cooks have been proactive in being able to produce a four- choice-meal for 250 personnel from scratch each day in three hours. In addition, we have all been kept busy through competency log progression, undertaking duty positions including Quartermaster's Assistant and continuing with whole ship training activities including medical emergency and combat survivability. The experiences gained through the decommissioning preparations will be remain with me for the rest of my career as they have provided me with a good insight into the management roles and responsibilities of Leading Seaman and Senior Sailors. ABCK NICOLAS VAN DER MEER An ASO's perspective: My time as Assistant Supply Officer (ASO) onboard MANOORA has been a challenging in that I have had to learn the supply basics (and complexities) in a short time frame; from organising Supply Officers Sailing Reports and monthly financial reports, to preparing Decommissioning Check Lists that will ensure all milestones are met prior to handing MANOORA over to Defence Material Organisation on 27 May 2011. The decommissioning check list was created using a similar format to the pre-deployment check list used by Major Fleet Units; this obvious difference being that at the end of the preparation period MANOORA will not be ready for sea but ready for decommissioning. Our major goals are the reduction, liquidation, mustering, surveying and reconciliation of all stock and assets onboard MANOORA. This is includes: closure of the Canteen; accounting for and removing all items from the Medical Allowance and Ship's Allowance Lists; mustering and returning all Articles in Use items; reducing levels of rations below endurance but sufficient to feed the Ship's Company while alongside; and a lot more. The Supply and Health Department is successfully getting closer to achieving these goals through the great professionalism, dedication, and 'can do' attitude of every member. This experience of decommissioning is a rare opportunity for Supply Officers and I am very thankful for my experiences and for being part of such a professional and hard working Supply Department. In terms of my professional development, I have gained a significant amount of knowledge in the Material Management, Catering and Medical sub- departments that I would not have otherwise been exposed to in a normal situation. Furthermore, I have tackled challenges related to the aforementioned goals that some ASOs may never experience and it has given me many anecdotes to take to the Supply Primary Qualification Board. SBLT TERRI-LEE ROSS As you can well see, the decommissioning impacted greatly on MANOORA's Supply and Health Department; however, it has been inspiring to see how the team pulled together to overcome what has been the last great hurdle for a commissioned Ship. Although increased hours and work requirements were unavoidable for many in the department, the activity has highlighted our professionalism, enthusiasm, versatility, and resilience -- "In War and In Peace". BZ to HMAS MANOORA's last Supply and Health Department. While many assisted with the preparations for decommissioning we would like to personally thank the following people for all of the great assistance they provided -- it has been greatly appreciated: LCDR Rebecca Levitt, RAN (SO SFSD), LEUT Julian Brett, RAN (DSO SFSD), LEUT Marsh Quintieri, RAN (DNSDC Moorebank), WOMED George Bonner (DNSDC Randwick), CPOSN Jason Marshall (SFSD), ABSN Tony Lawrence (HMAS SUCCESS) and all of those units involved in the 'cross levelling' experience. ABCK Van Der Meer. ABMED Armstrong.