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Maritime Logistics Community News : Winter 2011
44 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER WINTER 2011 The OPLOGO's were based out of the FBW Port Services Tower providing additional logistical resources for PSM-FBW: CMDR Royce Spencer. ASWEX was a demonstration of Navy's surface, subsurface and air unit capability, involving FBW home based ships: PERTH, ANZAC, ARUNTA, WARRAMUNGA, SIRIUS, FARNCOMB, COLLINS, WALLER, DECHAINEAU and SEAHAWKS from 816 Squadron. ASWEX provided a unique opportunity to test capability: including weapons firing, training and port services in a high tempo environment. ASWEX also provided OPLOG Officers the opportunity and experience to apply their training and skills in a high temp environment and to operate seamlessly as part of the PSM-FBW team. OPLOG Officers contributed to the PSM-FBW team capability by providing additional logistical support to arriving and departing MFU's and responding in short timeframes to changing operational requirements in a high temp environment. OPLOG Officers specific duties/capability support provided during ASWEX included; preparation and de-confliction of incompatible operations; preparation of the Daily Activity Schedule, actioning Logistical Requirements signals (LOGREQs), facilitation of over the wharf port services (power, water, fuel, sewage, stores, waste) to arriving and departing MFU's; liaising with customs and quarantine to facilitate required clearances, monitoring/responding to VHF communications for arriving/ departing vessels, and communicating with DMS for tug and small craft support. The OPLOG initiative was approved in July 2007 as a Navy Reserve PQ, as it was felt the ADF would benefit from having additional trained logisticians available to support exercises and operations. ASWEX was the realisation of this benefit. OPLOG Officers CMDR Ray Partington and SBLT Geoff Mike provided similar logistic support to the units participating in Exercise Triton Storm II as part of the PSM-FBW team. The participating units included HMA Ships, TOOWOOMBA, PARRAMATTA, BALLARAT, SIRIUS and WALLER as well as HMNZ Ships TE MANA and TE KAHA. OPLOG Officers will be deployed for Exercise Talisman Sabre later in the year. Australian based exercises are paving the way for the future deployment of OPLOG Officers overseas, to provide forward logistic support to ADF operations and Exercises. Operational Logistics in focus: improving logistical support to Australian Exercises The first trained Operational Logistics (OPLOG) Officers: LEUT Tim Griffiths and LEUT Mukul Joshie were deployed to Fleet Base West (FBW) to assist the Port Services Manager (PSM) in providing port services support for the busy Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise (ASWEX) period. BY LEUT TIM GRIFFITHS, RANR About the Author LEUT Tim Griffiths joined the RANR in 2004 as a SBLT and completed his Reserve Entry Officer Course within 12 months of joining. He went on to complete a Maritime Trade Operations (MTO) PQ and was promoted to LEUT in 2005. Tim undertook various state based duties within MTO, including being appointed to MTO Detachment Coordinator for the Victorian branch. In 2008, Tim undertook a posting with the Port Services Officer, Fleet Operations HMAS CERBERUS, providing over the wharf support services to Australian and Foreign war vessels coming into Victorian Ports. In 2010, Tim was selected for the Operational Logistics (OPLOG) Officer training and attended the Initial Operational Logistics Course held in CAIRNS. In September 2010, he was the first RANR Officer to be awarded the OPLOG PQ. Tim has an extensive civilian background in business and logistics. Tim started his career as a trainee Accountant and progressed quickly to Chief Financial Officer Level. Tim's career then diversified in international business development, which included establishing offshore distribution networks and responsibility for the full supply chain functionality. Tim is currently a General Manager and has whole of business responsibility. Tim has worked for organisations both in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, including Faulding's Australia, Varian Australia, RACV, Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, and The Bionic Ear Institute. Tim's practical experience is complimented with qualifications: Bachelor of Business --majoring in Accounting, Graduate Diploma in Maritime & Business Logistics, Graduate Certificate in Export (International Business) and a Master of Business & Technology. Tim's extensive business background in finance, logistics, supply, management, planning and continuous improvement has equipped him well for the OPLOG role. His experiences and skills developed in his civilian career are very relevant and transferable to the functions of an OPLOG officer. Tim is currently a very active OPLOG Officer providing operational logistics support within his home port of Victoria and throughout Australian ports. LEUT Griffiths on Oxley Berth FBW (HMAS Perth berthed).