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Maritime Logistics Community News : Winter 2011
46 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER WINTER 2011 This team is responsible for developing and sponsoring Tri-Service catering policy and providing technical assistance for Single Service policy in support of Defence's catering community. This includes revising ADF Fresh Food Specifications and the ADF Food Safety Recall process, and completing the Defence Catering Manual. Improving catering policy ensures that the Defence catering organisation can provide the best support to capability and ADF personnel to achieve our mission. Improving our core business Background The Defence Logistics Board (now the Defence Logistics Committee) agreed in Nov 04 that responsibility for Joint catering policy would be transferred from the General Support Systems Program Office within Land Systems Division, Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), to the Directorate of Strategic Logistics Policy (DSLPOL) within Strategic Logistics Branch (SLB), Joint Logistics Group (JLG). Subsequently, in Jan 06, the Defence Catering Policy Cell (DCPC) was established. Introduction High quality catering not only contributes to the general health, wellbeing and morale of the ADF but also, and more importantly, is a critical component of capability. Placing the DCPC within the SLB ensures that consistent policy and procedures are developed across the Services to meet Defence's overall objectives. Adopting standard catering policies and procedures throughout the ADF enhances the cooperation and interoperability between the Services, and between the Services and Commercial providers. DCPC Organisational Structure The organisational structure of the DCPC within JLC is outlined in figure 1. DCPC Roles and Responsibilities The DCPC is responsible for the following: • Providing advice on all matters relating to Defence catering; • Developing, updating, and issuing the Defence Catering Manual; • Providing advice on and recommendations for the content and conduct of ADF catering training courses; • Providing subject matter expertise catering technical support to DMO; • Acting as Service representatives on the Defence Ration Scales, Defence Food Specifications, Defence Nutrition Research and Development Review Committees; • Developing and implementing Defence catering policy, procedures and standards, including single-service operational catering policy; • Conducting quality assurance reviews of Military and Commercial catering units; and • Conducting quality assurance reviews and catering performance management audits on pre-deployment and deployment activities. The single-service objectives stemming from these responsibilities are detailed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between SLB and Navy Headquarters. The DCPC is responsible for the provision of catering policy and standards, technical procedures and advice to Navy Strategic Command -- Directorate Navy Logistics (DNLOG). In particular, the DCPC: • Provides catering advice to the AWD, LHD, and Future Submarines Navy Acquisition Projects (in concert with Category Sponsors); • Provides advice on the development of nutritional awareness and healthy eating habits for Navy personnel; and • Provides catering advice to Navy personnel on the information and instruction provided in the Defence Catering Manual. Defence Catering Manual (DCM) The DCM provides authoritative and comprehensive guidance to the Defence Catering Community and contracting organisations to ensure that ADF personnel receive the food and nutrition necessary for effective performance of duties. In 2010, 11 of 13 chapters of the DCM were completed and endorsed by the three Service Chiefs and, on 12 Dec 10, CDF approved DI (G) LOG 4-7-003, Defence Catering Manual. The ADF Ration Scales and Scales of Issue (SUPMAN 4) and the ADF Rations Accounting Governance Provision of ADF and Single Service Catering Policy Located within Joint Logistics Command in Northbourne House Canberra, resides a group of Navy, Army and Air Force personnel known as the Defence Catering Policy Cell. LCDR PETE MOY, RAN