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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2013
8 MARITIME LOGISTICS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2012/AUTUMN 2013 BY CMDR GRAHAME FALLS, CSM, RAN DDNCM -- Maritime Logistics Category Management It has been a very busy period for DNCM since the last Newsletter. The Project DEMETER brief was presented to the Chief of Navy Senior Advisory Committee (CNSAC) in September 2012 and as a result CN has approved the significant recommendation to change the name of the Supply Community and Branch to the Maritime Logistics Community and Branch. The Community will encompass the following PQs and Branch name changes from January 2013: Former Name New Name Abbreviation Supply Officer Maritime Logistics Officers MLO Operational Logistics Operational Logistics Officer OPLOG Officer (No Change) Cooks Maritime Logistics-Chefs ML-C or C Officer Steward Maritime Logistics-Stewards ML-S or S Stores Naval Maritime Logistics-Supply Chain ML-SC or SC Writer Maritime Logistics-Personnel ML-P or P Operations The titles of 'Maritime Logistics Officer', 'Deputy Maritime Logistics Officer' and 'Assistant Maritime Logistics Officer' are to be used in the seagoing environment." The new names provide a domain link (Maritime) and functional descriptions that are relevant to current and future employment. 'Maritime' is consistent with conventions across Navy and provides a clear linkage to the Navy mission (fight and win at sea). The change of name reinforces the development of a fully specialised workforce and the raising of the baseline of capability across the PQs and Categories. It assists Navy with refining functional areas of responsibility. CN has also approved the strategic direction for the Maritime Logistics Community and its vision has been identified as: TO PROVIDE EXCELLENCE IN LOGISTICS CAPABILITY THROUGH AN AGILE, RESPONSIVE, INNOVATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE FOCUSED ON DELIVERING RAPID AND RELIABLE MARITIME LOGISTICS TO MILITARY CAPABILITY AT SEA AND IN THE JOINT ENVIRONMENT. The mission is identified as: DELIVER LOGISTIC CAPABILITY TO ENABLE NAVY TO FIGHT AND WIN AT SEA. There was no change identified to the Motto, being: PROVIDE AND DELIVER. Supply Forum The annual Navy Supply Community Forum was held in Sydney on 6 Sep 12. The Forum is an annual event developed to engage the Supply Community and communicate pertinent logistic information, discuss topical issues that may have an influence on the Supply PQ and Sailor categories and generate new ideas. The theme for this year's Forum was Organisational Reform and Delivery and addressed topical issues and reforms affecting the Supply Community. With presentations from Navy representatives, it was an opportunity for personnel to expand their knowledge base, in order to remain current with outside logistics organisations, practices and processes. The Supply Community Forum was an opportunity to provide a significant number of Supply personnel with Professional Development; enhancing the knowledge, expertise and competence of Officers and Sailors. Project DEMETER -- What's next? A major strength of DEMETER has been the significant consultation and research achieved over the course of this year. Aspects of DEMETER work have been considered by Steering Group meetings, Navy People Committee, Navy Capability Committee and CNSAC. It is also important to note the input from over 1000 uniform personnel ranging from interviews, to survey completion and email input. Chief of Navy commended the Head of Supply Community for the level of detail and consideration achieved and was supportive of all of the recommendations made. The next challenge for the Project is to staff the additional requirements for funding and personnel to implement the recommendations, which will include a series of presentations and visits to align with announcements. Follow-on work has started, the impacts of which should be seen in the Fleet shortly. This includes projects considering how we can improve Canteen processes without impacting on service delivery, building a Part- time workforce plan for FY 13/14, and a Training Needs Analysis. Project staff will continue to keep the webpage updated and to send out regular updates to interested personnel. The webpage continues to be accessible on the DRN via the DNCM (Supply and Health) website. Anyone wanting to make further contributions to Project DEMETER or be involved with any of the follow-on work should contact the Project team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Maritime Logistics -- Supply Chain -- WOML-SC Craig Murdoch The Maritime Logistics -- Supply Chain (ML-SC) Category remains very healthy with a trained workforce (AB-CPO) of 283 personnel to meet Continued next page ...