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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2011
16 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2011 Fleet Forward In my last article for the Navy Supply Newsletter, I discussed how our focus and priority has been “back to basics”. In this article I want to focus on the simple things we should be getting right, that cause the greatest problems. At the Supply Forum held in HMAS Harman in July, there was plenty of discussion about where the Supply Community is going and how we are going to get it there. It was great to see such a broad turn out of both Supply Officers and Supply Warrant Officers. In conjunction with the forum, the annual Supply Mess Dinner was held at HMAS Harman which was a tremendous night and no doubt enjoyed by all who attended. At the forum, I spoke about getting the simple things right and I want to continue that theme here. Let’s be frank, our business is not rocket science and we operate within some very well established policies and procedures to conduct our day to day business. It is when these policies and procedures are not followed, that we find ourselves tied up in endless investigations and inquiries into matters that should never have arisen if we got our ‘day job’ right. Some specific examples follow where the simple things have led to high level scrutiny and questions regarding our competence as a community. Stocktaking and Reporting is an area where we continually fail, especially in the areas of conducting musters and reporting these figures in a timely and accurate manner. In the last Quarterly report, specific units were identified as either having not fully conducted their muster or only partially completed them. This practice is impacting heavily on Navy’s compliance with the Stocktake Reporting System (SRS), so I ask that all Supply Officers and OICs of the Fleet Logistics Support Elements, and their staff, take an active interest in the management of these simple tasks. I also ask that you ensure that the next quarterly musters are completed on time, that the results are recording accurately in the system, and that sufficient time is available for Command to verify the results and investigate any discrepancies if necessary. The Management of Articles In Use (AIU)/Customer Dues In (CDI) accounts is still in urgent need of improvement, with clear direction from the Supply Officer to holders of such accounts detailing the responsibility and liability of any discrepancies. This is another area which should be simple to manage but is continually overlooked. The Fleet Commander has issued specific directions to Commanding Officers in order that they have personal visibility of discrepancies and write off proposals, but it is up to you to champion the need for individual responsibility. Have no doubt that there is a clear intent to hold individuals accountable for their actions, or more accurately, their lack of actions ! Now for some good news. In the last Newsletter, the SONPAS Contract was in its final staging of negotiations. Since then two successful contract deeds with Raecorp International (RCI) and Toll Remote Logistics (TRL) have been signed and the new Contract has been up and running for a couple of months. We are continuing to see good results, through the competition of two contractors in terms of value for money and quality of service. In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the work that CMDR Bernard York has done during his tenure as Commander Fleet Logistics Support (CFLS) and to welcome CMDR Lori Carlin as his successor. I also want to recognise that CMDR Chris Roberts leaves as Fleet Supply Officer (FSO) in a few weeks on promotion to Captain and will be replaced by CMDR Jason Sears. Both Bernard and Chris have done exceptional jobs and I wish them both well in their new postings. Finally, I want to welcome CMDR Kel Turner back to Support Force in his new role as Commander Fleet Personal Services. And last but not least, CPOSN Jock Murdoch’s promotion to Warrant Officer is very well deserved and we look forward to working with him in his new role as the Category Sponsor. Have a great break over the Christmas/New Year period, travel safely and come back ready for the challenges of 2012 as we start to understand the new capability that HMAS Choules will provide to us in the next five years. BY CAPT NEVILLE TEAGUE, RAN We still provide: • Gas detectors and systems • Calibration gases and kits • Applications engineering services Proudly supplying the Australian Defence Force for over 20 years ampcontrolgroup.com Austech Instruments is now known as Ampcontrol Nov 2011.indd 1 10/10/2011 8:53:55 AM