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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2013
1 MARITIME LOGISTICS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2012/AUTUMN 2013 A Message from the Head of Maritime Logistics Community In late 2012, following recommendations arising from Project Demeter, Chief of Navy approved a change in title for our community. We are now known as the Maritime Logistics Community. BY CDRE ANDREW SMITH, RAN This newsletter reflects the new title and I have no doubt that it will continue as a valuable mechanism to showcase the tremendous work of our Officers and Sailors. I have been delighted by the feedback from the project team -- in particular they tell me that the level of engagement has been excellent and that there is good recognition of the need to ensure we adapt to the contemporary and future needs of the Navy. The Project will continue its work through 2013. The ability of our Community to embark on a regular process of review and renewal is indicative of a professional and service orientated culture -- one which has served us well for over a century. Such changes are not new. The Maritime Logistics Community in all its forms has adapted constantly through the years. At its core our people remain an essential part of a highly professional and capable fighting force. A look back through previous newsletters makes interesting reading. In 1985 an article on Food Service commented that "there are good prospects for reducing HMAS PENGUIN's galleys from 5 to 3.." and in relation to some of our reforming our early Logistics Information Systems "Life is not dull in the field of Rationalisation; it is exciting and innovative and people are thinking." An article on the Australian Submarine Squadron observed that "in 1977 the billet of LSSNSM was added to the submarines' complement to assist the management of onboard documentation and spares and also to give better liaison between the submarine and base Naval staffs." We should not dwell on the past but neither should we forget the basics of sound logistics support and the collective wisdom of our community hard won through many years of experience. On that note I look forward to engaging with you in 2013 and to your ongoing contributions to Project Demeter and other key initiatives. 2013 promises to be a pivotal year for Navy and the Maritime Logistics community. A particular priority for me is enhancing supply support in our Submarine Force. You will be aware that the crew for our first LHD is assembling and has begun the work required to get her to sea later this year. The ship itself is at the heart of, but one of a number of elements, of a greatly expanded joint capability for the ADF -- there is much good work in progress involving our people to realise that capability. The International Fleet Review will also undoubtedly be a highlight. The Navy contribution to operations will continue to be significant in 2013 and we should never forget those of our number deployed. I would like to recognise the contribution of RADM Thomas as Head of Community in 2012 and on behalf of the entire community congratulate him on his promotion and appointment as Commander Joint Logistics. On taking the helm from RADM Crawford as DGSUP-N, CDRE Coulson wrote in the December 1984 Supply Newsletter "We should be proud of the responsibility we carry and respond to the many challenges, recognising the important contribution that each one of us makes to Australia's secure and prosperous future". Thankyou for the work you do -- take pride in it.