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August 19, 2010
AN IN-depth analysis of the com-
munication officer and communi-
cation information systems (CIS)
sailor workforce is being conducted
in order to meet Navy's capabil-
ity requirements now and into the
Project Mercury will baseline the
current skill sets, investigate future
operational requirements and roles for
the branch, as well as develop options
to transition the workforce to a sus-
tainable future model.
Team leader, CMDR Ted
Cummins, said the project began in
June to examine the communications
and information systems workforce
requirements of the RAN out to 2030.
"The review itself is anticipated
to take 12 months to complete; the
capability benefits of Project Mercury
will likely take three years to real-
ise, and will culminate with a report
containing recommendations for the
implementation of the agreed Navy
communications officer capability,"
CMDR Cummins said.
"The project will also recommend
sailor workforce structure options to
support the anticipated communica-
tions capability requirements of the
"The speed of technological
advance, particularly increases in
computing power and speed of com-
munications, will be a significant
influencing factor on the Future
"Over the next five years, the
ADF's drive towards a fully network-
centric environment will see Navy's
maritime platforms evolve as critical
nodes in this network-centric capabil-
ity."CMDR Cummins said the merging
of new and existing technologies to
harness all source intelligence, sensor
data and diverse information flows
would require appropriate command
and control tools.
At the forefront, the Air Warfare
Destroyer will have an increased com-
mand and control capability through
implementing advances in tech-
nologies, including the cooperative
engagement capability that exchanges
fire control quality and composite
sensor measurement data around the
force, and improves track and identifi-
cation continuity in near real-time.
Discussion of specific issues sur-
rounding the CIS workforce will be
arranged with CIS personnel and other
key stakeholders. Wide engagement
with the communications community
is paramount and all communications
officers and sailors are encouraged to
A Project Mercury page has
been established on the Navy
Communications and Information
Warfare Branch website at intranet.
As ideas and concepts are devel-
oped, they will be posted to the web-
site for input from the wider commu-
For further information contact CMDR Ted
Cummins on (02) 9359 6190 or email
Planning for the future
FUTURE CAPABILITY: SMNCIS Leon Thompson aboard HMAS Stuart. Project Mercury is an in-depth anal-
ysis of the CIS workforce aimed at meeting Navy's capability requirements now and into the future.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
SAILORS from Fleet Support Unit
-- Perth (FSU-Perth) recently headed
down the highway to Albany to con-
duct a 'backyard blitz' for the local
naval cadet unit, TS Vancouver.
The weather forecast was for show-
ers all week and for once, unfortunate-
ly, the forecast was accurate.
Undaunted though, the sailors
paved two sides of a building, con-
structed a fence, built two staircases
and completed various other small
tasks during the four-day blitz.
FSU-Perth and HMAS Stirling
(CAPT Brett Dowsing) periodically
take the opportunity to deploy sailors
to regional naval cadet units.
This provides an opportunity not
only to upgrade or refurbish existing
infrastructure, but allows the sailors to
engage with both the navy cadets and
the local community.
The backyard blitz was keenly sup-
ported by local Albany businesses with
material either acquired at heavily-
discounted prices or provided free of
During the stay the FSU-Perth
team took the opportunity to meet the
FSU-Perth's 'backyard blitz'
naval cadets of TS Vancouver and
provide them with some memorabilia.
The Albany Naval Association
also hosted a barbecue for the FSU-
Perth team during their stay.
PO Bradley Matthews was
impressed with the local support
given and, in particular, the efforts of
his team to get the job done.
"By their own choice my team
worked extended hours to ensure all
the tasks were completed before we
left Albany," he said.
PUTTING IN: FSU-Perth sailors
hard at work in Albany.
LESSONS learnt from the assess-
ment and management of elite ath-
letes is now being used to iden-
tify the ways in which Defence can
modify health services provided to
deploying ADF members to improve
their post-deployment health out-
Chief Investigator, Professor
Alexander McFarlane, said the
Military Health Outcomes Program
(MilHOP) was investigating the health
challenges faced by serving and for-
mer serving personnel across the three
"MilHOP will be approaching
about 750 ADF members who are
about to deploy to the MEAO and
inviting them to participate in several
physical tests," he said.
"These physical tests will be con-
ducted at the deploying member's
home base about three months before
going on deployment and then again
upon return to Australia."
In addition to recording height and
weight, these tests will measure the
participant's lung function and aerobic
capacity. A blood and saliva sample
collected at the same time will also
assist in determining stress levels.
Even though just a small number
of ADF members will be invited to
participate, these physical tests will
provide a unique opportunity to better
understand the effects of deployment
on physical fitness.
Prof McFarlane said if people
were not invited to participate in the
physical testing they could still make
"All ADF members from selected
units who are about to deploy will be
invited to complete a health survey
before deploying and then again after
they return," he said.
"We encourage everyone who is
about to deploy to participate in these
MilHOP studies, not only for their
own benefit but to improve the health
outcomes of their colleagues who may
be deploying in the future."
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