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December 9, 2010
Great start but SRP's biggest
By Ben Wickham
DEPUTY Chief of Navy RADM
Davyd Thomas was full of praise
for Navy's achievements in the
first financial year of the Strategic
Reform Program (SRP), however,
he cautions this is just the begin-
"I'm very pleased with the
results we've achieved in the first
year of SRP -- we should be very
proud of that," RADM Thomas said.
"But that's just the first step.
We now move into some significant
reform going forward throughout
the SRP tenure, and it's a real chal-
lenge for Navy."
RADM Thomas was foreshad-
owing significant savings that will
have to be made during the 2013-14
financial year -- savings that cannot
be achieved without fundamental
and lasting reform to the organisa-
"Navy exceeded its savings target
last year, so that was a significant
positive force. This gives us the con-
fidence to go forward," he said.
"However, in 2013-14 we have
significant reforms where the
savings requirements ramp up
exponentially, so we need to be well-
"What we've done is get on the
front foot with respect to our con-
tinuous improvement program and,
in particular, focused on our smart
sustainment program, which alone
represents 75 per cent of Navy's sav-
"We need to continue to push,
and never give up on it, and make
RADM Thomas also stressed the
reasons for SRP and its link with
New Generation Navy (NGN).
"Why is SRP important? It's
all about Force 2030. It's all about
achieving the capability we need to
transition to Force 2030 outlined in
the White Paper. That's the big pic-
ture," RADM Thomas said.
"Force 2030 is a transformed
Navy. We are going through a sig-
nificant transition and significant
reform to get there. The transition
will involve fundamental cultural
change that we're executing through
NGN, and the reform and the cost
reductions will be achieved through
RADM Thomas urged all Navy
members to support SRP and NGN.
"The only thing that's going to
make this successful is an organisa-
tional drive for change," he said.
"The money's already been taken
out of our budgets. What we've got
to do is match the reforms to the
money that's been taken out or we
will undermine our future capabil-
"Navy's men and women can do
their part by understanding and
living the Signature Behaviours we
have set in train.
"They should also understand
that reform is the way we are going
to do business going forward -- it will
not be going away."
We need to continue to push and never give
up on SRP and make reform business-as-
-- Deputy Chief of Navy RADM Davyd Thomas
What is Force 2030?
RADM Davyd Thomas says Force
2030 is about the enactment of
the White Paper, released in May
"It's about maritime strategy.
Naval forces, air forces and land
forces -- the three of those form the
maritime strategy," he said.
"The naval force element of that
is our transition to the amphibi-
ous capability. That's the Landing
Helicopter Docks being built, one
of which will be launched in Spain
early next year.
"We also have the Air Warfare
Destroyers. They represent a step-
change in the way we operate air
warfare, not just for Navy, but for
He said Navy was also look-
ing at a single class of modular
offshore combatant vessels to
replace the present mine hunters,
hydrographic survey ships and
"And of course we've got the 12
submarines, moving through to the
back end of Force 2030. These are
again a significant change for the
RAN," he said.
"SRP will provide us with the
necessary reform, while NGN will
allow us to transition our workforce
to make this a reality."
BRIGHT FUTURE: Sailors like these recent Recruit School graduates
can look forward to an exciting future as Navy strives towards
Photo: LSIS Nina Nikolin
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