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Maritime Logistics Community News : April 2014
11 MARITIME LOGISTICS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER 2014 is aimed at meeting the stocktaking governance requirements in current and future platforms with reduced Supply Chain sub-departments. Located at FBE and FBW the introduction of the shore based stocktaking teams will allow 100% stocktakes of storeroom inventory on fleet units and subsequently provide more accurate reporting of discrepancies than the current segment muster process. The proposed shore support team is aimed at providing increased support to logistics capability. Based at FBE and FBW the shore support teams will provide personnel and resources to home ported and visiting RAN units and foreign naval vessels visiting FBE and FBW. The teams would also be the first source of personnel when required to staff Logistic Support Elements (LSE) within Australia or overseas as part of exercises, operations or surge capacity during a multiple fleet unit visit to a port. Utilising the shore support team personnel in these roles will allow units such as FLSE Darwin to maintain focus on their primary responsibility of support to the home ported tender vessels rather than the visiting fleet units. In August this year I conducted a review of the SC Competency Task Journals (CTJ) in conjunction with the Competency Management Cell (CMC) at HMAS CERBERUS, the aim of this review was to ensure that the tasks were relevant to the outcomes expected at each level of training and where possible remove duplication and over training. Some of the changes have included the removal of conducting tasks in specific locations and the removal of Combat Survivability tasks which are now covered in Recruit training and unit specific induction training when personnel post-in to a new ship or establishment. Updated versions of the SC CTJ are expected to be issued to personnel conducting Initial, Intermediate and Advanced SC courses from late 2013. Personnel who have previously undertaken these courses and are currently progressing CTJ's will be advised of any changes to the CTJ's they hold by signal and on the DNCM Supply Chain training intranet webpage. There have been a few changes in the two years that I have served as Category Manager, I believe many of these are for the better and will enhance our training and direction for the future. Project DEMETER is well timed to assist our category as we introduce new capability such as the LHD and AWD into the Fleet and move forward to the future submarine, we must all accept that we need to keep an open mind to the evolution of how we can continue to support the Navy capability towards 2030. One area that I believe still requires a lot of work to be done is our policy and processes. I ask you all to consider how you can contribute to the improvement in these areas and ensure we do business smarter in the future not just because that is the way it has always been done. I would like to thank you all for your support during my time as your Category Manager. I have always enjoyed my visits to the ships and establishments and appreciate the time that you have taken out of your busy schedules to attend the category presentations and contribute your thoughts and ideas. I would like to congratulate CPO Stuart Winkler on his promotion to Warrant Officer and selection posting as the next Supply Chain Category Manager. I trust that you will provide him with the same support in this dynamic and often challenging position. I look forward to seeing many of you in my next position as the Course Implementation Officer -- Supply Chain Training at the Maritime Logistics School when you attend advancement training. Maritime Logistics -- Supply Chain Category Manager WOML-SC Craig Murdoch Maritime Logistics -- Steward Update Options are being explored to reduce cash holdings and minimise human resource requirements for canteen operations. Trials include credit accounts for all personnel on the seagoing platform (trial currently being conducted on HMAS Perth), and cashless vending machines. There is quite a bit of movement within the WOML-S positions throughout 2014. Congratulations go to CPOML-S Luke McNally, promoted to WOML-S in January 2014 and will assume the role of ML-S Category Manager, CPOML-S Ross Hope promoted to WOML-S in January 2014 and will assume the role of FWO ML-S in January 2014, and congratulations to WOML-S Mark Trower for is new role as the Hospitality and Catering Manager, WA which will commence mid 2014. With the large movement in personnel at the WO rank, I would expect that the whole ML-S community will see the category continue to strive in our areas of employment, yet continue to progress with our current challenges. As ML-S sailors, we are fortunate to have an opportunity to work in some very challenging, high profile and rewarding positions. These positions include Office Manager to CN or COMAUSFLT (PO), ML-S Instructors at HMAS Cerberus (PO), Defence Force Recruiting (PO or LS), Personal Assistant to CN, CJOPS, or COMAUSFLT (LS), Australian Federation Guard (LS or AB), and Personal Assistant to CO (AB). A trial will commence July 2014 - June 2015 for two ABML-S sailors within Reputation Management Team (Canberra, ACT). This is a great opportunity for ABML-S personnel to enter a high profile area of Reputation Management. All sailors, despite rank, should aim to achieve the highest standard and align with the NGN Signature Behaviour 'Be the best I can' and this initiative provides an additional mechanism for our Able Seaman. It is important that you explore different areas of employment within the RAN to broaden your breadth of experience and get the most out of what the Navy has to offer. I encourage you to liaise with NPCMA (through your command) to explore these avenues of further development and great opportunities. International Fleet Review (IFR) I have had many pleasant reports from personnel that attended events during the IFR. Thank you to all ML-S personnel that contributed to the success of this historic occasion. The skills and professionalism you displayed during the course of the IFR are testimony to your dedication to task, well done to all involved. Conclusion As this will be my last Newsletter as the ML-S Category Manager, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the ML-S community for their dedication to the category and as we progress through changes that evolve from the Hospitality and Catering Reform and Project Demeter, I am confident that you will support the future Managers of the ML-S Category as you have me over the past three years, thank you to each and every one of you for you support during my term as the ML-S Category Manager. Maritime Logistics -- Steward Category Manager WOML-S Dave Best Continued next page ...