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July 7, 2011
OF THE MONTH:
FIX PROBLEMS, TAKE
FLEET Support Units (FSU) around
Australia manage the employment of
technical and seaman branch sailors
ashore so they proceed to sea fully
prepared to fulfil Navy's mission to
fight and win in the maritime envi-
Commander Fleet Maintenance --
Sydney CMDR Randall Peterie said
FSU's support to the Fleet was one
of its main priorities, but there was
also a vital focus on training sailors to
ensure they could provide up-to-date
"It's important that we look after
our people as well as our assets,"
CMDR Peterie said.
"We need to train people so when
they return to sea they know what they
are doing and how to maintain the gear
-- ultimately it provides capability and
reduces the cost of maintenance."
This Signature Behaviour address-
es the personal accountability we all
have in creating an effective work-
place -- one that has a focus on techni-
cal safety, but also on personal safety
with zero tolerance of unacceptable
Where a member of any rank sees
something that can be done better,
they should feel empowered to make
suggestions. Likewise, leaders should
provide an environment where they are
receptive to their staff's ideas and pro-
vide a workplace where they can pro-
gress and grow -- a sentiment CMDR
Peterie agrees with.
"We need to ensure our sailors are
doing a job that is meaningful; it helps
their careers in the long term, to be
able to go back to sea better prepared
to fight and win," CMDR Peterie said.
The Officer in Charge of FSU
Darwin, LEUT Wayne Oakley,
believes that 'Fix problems, take
action' is implemented by FSU on a
daily basis through their readiness to
deploy to assist Navy as required.
"FSU is able to move at a
moment's notice to fly over to the
Middle East and assist in a repair --
really, any maintenance requirement
that a platform may need anywhere,"
LEUT Oakley said.
"Whether it is maintenance work,
replacement personnel or simply fur-
ther training and mentoring, that's
what FSU can provide."
This Signature Behaviour asks a
large amount of responsibility from its
members -- that those of all ranks take
a leadership role to empower those
they are supervising or training to con-
This month the focus shifts to 'Fix problems, take
action', which asks that Navy members seek and
accept responsibility and be part of an effective
solution. LEUT Todd Austin explains.
Personal accountability for all
tribute equally, even when workloads
are intense and it may not seem like a
With this in mind, LSMT Wayne
Jackson from FSU at HMAS
Coonawarra said he was getting the
opportunity to make a difference to
how problems are solved through pass-
ing on what he's learned.
"We've already had the opportunity
to tackle the jobs that are given to us
and we can now use our experiences to
fix the problems," LSMT Jackson said.
"This gives me the chance to teach
and direct the junior sailors working
with us, giving them better ways of
More information on New Generation
Navy's Signature Behaviours is available
online via the Navy Intranet site.
ACTION STATIONS: (Left)
LSMT Wayne Jackson goes about
his daily work on a forklift at Fleet
Support Unit -- Darwin.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
JOINT EFFORT: (Above) Sailors
from Fleet Support Unit -- Sydney
prepare to remove the Port Mini-
Typhoon from HMAS Parramatta.
Photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster
lend a hand
By LEUT Katey Mouritz
HMAS Stirling sailors have been getting
their hands dirty in support of renovation
projects at a local school.
The human resource cell at Stirling is on
call to support a variety of working require-
ments around the base and sometimes
working parties are sent out into the com-
munity to assist charity organisations such
as Malibu School.
The Stirling working party has been
remodelling and painting the school hall to
provide a rejuvenated area to be used as a
Malibu School is a public school offering
intensive education and therapy programs
to around 100 students aged 4-18 with a
wide range of intellectual and physical dis-
Stirling's Commanding Officer, CAPT
Brett Wolski, said he was happy Stirling per-
sonnel had supported the school over such
a long period of time.
"The work our sailors are doing at Malibu
School is a great way for Navy to give back
to the community," he said.
"I am proud Navy can be involved in this
very worthy project."
Malibu School is supported regularly
by Stirling with fundraising, base visits and
ALMOST READY: ABCK
Michael Collins adds the
finishing touches to the
wall of the Malibu School's
Photo: ABIS Morgana Ramsey
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