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FRONT & CENTRE
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
A SMALL team of CIS sailors
specialising in information com-
munication technologies (ICT) are
assisting CIS operators at sea and
alongside by providing in-depth
training, support and advice on
developing satellite communica-
tion technologies (SATCOM).
POCIS Tim Bolch, LSCIS Ben
Brien and ABCISs Nick Burgess and
Eldric Ngo make up the RAN's first
FLTC4SPT Element team.
The team was established at Fleet
Headquarters in June this year and is
part of the DGNCIW organisation.
FLTC4SPT Element Manager
POCIS Bolch said the team was
developed in response to the rapid
advances in SATCOM technolo-
gies, such as the Maritime Advanced
SATCOM Terrestrial Infrastructure
System (MASTIS) and Specialist
Project Maritime (SCMP-M).
He said the primary focus of the
team was to provide on-the-job train-
ing for CIS managers and opera-
tors on MASTIS and its associated
equipment, as well as other ICT and
"The FLTC4SPT Element team's
role is quite broad and provides spe-
cialist advice on the various ship-
borne communications systems,"
POCIS Bolch said.
"We are still developing the
necessary tools for CIS managers,
which will assist them in under-
standing the networks they are
expected to administer and improve
their understanding of the SATCOM
systems and bandwidth management
issues they are often confronted
"Our vision is to
provide CIS operators
with a greater
hopefully over a period
of time will save the
Navy time and money
in rectifying ICT-related
-- POCIS Tim Bolch
"The team's ability to respond to
any ICT or SATCOM-related issue
allows it to be tasked anytime and
anywhere including deploying on
major operations or exercises such as
RIMPAC, Talisman Sabre, Kakadu
and Bersama Lima."
He said in the future he expected
the team would deploy with units
during weekly sea running, MSE and
URE phases to assist ship's staff and
Sea Training Group with ICT sys-
Depending on the issue or task
at hand, FLTC4SPT Element's team
works closely with agencies such
as FISSO, DEFCOMMSTA Sydney
"At the moment the team is pro-
viding ships alongside with on-site
assistance during weekdays to iden-
tify network or bearer issues and
provide advice as to whether prob-
lems are internal or external."
POCIS Bolch said the
FLTC4SPT Element team was
quickly developing into an important
element within the DGNCIW organ-
isation as part of DMC4EW.
"The team is highly focused and
has adopted the attitude that no ICT
problem is too difficult to solve.
"Calls for our assistance are
increasing and it's expected that fur-
ther teams will be formed in other
locations such as Cairns, Darwin and
"Our vision is to provide CIS
operators with a greater understand-
ing of networks, which hopefully
over a period of time will save the
Navy time and money in rectifying
All requests for FLTCRSPT Element team
support are to be submitted via signal to
FLTC4SPT or by contacting either LCDR
Pete De Maskens or CPO Emma Procopis
on (02) 9359 4251.
No problem too big for CIS sailors
TECH HEADS: FLTC4SPT Element team members ABCIS Eldric Ngo and
POCIS Tim Bolch assist ABCIS Nick Burgess in identifying computer compo-
nents that need to be repaired or replaced.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
Correcting the record
IN THE October 14 edition of Navy
News (vol. 53, no. 19, p. 7) LCDR
Mark Taylor should have been identi-
fied as XO HMAS Sirius, not CO.
In addition, CO HMAS Sirius' name
should have been given as CMDR David
Navy News apologies for any incon-
venience caused by these errors.
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THE Royal Australian Navy Central
Canteens Fund (RANCCF) recently
launched the Armed Forces Vacation
Club in Australia, allowing permanent
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rentals at holiday resorts worldwide.
Barnie Van Wyk, RANCCF CEO,
said the organisation was thrilled that
Defence personnel and their families
would now be able to experience great,
affordable holidays through the Armed
Forces Vacation Club.
"This program is a fantastic comple-
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