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August 4, 2011
By Michael Brooke
CHIEF of Navy VADM Ray Griggs out-
lined his intent for the Navy throughout
his tenure when he addressed personnel
at Fleet Base East and the other RAN
establishments in Sydney.
More than 1000 sailors and officers
attended clear lower decks at HMA Ships
Kuttabul, Penguin, Watson and Waterhen
on July 13 to hear CN's first major
address to the fleet since he assumed
command of the RAN on June 8.
VADM Griggs said his focus was on
ensuring Navy met its agreed capability
levels and was prepared for significant
new capabilities, as well as continuing
with Navy's cultural reform program.
During VADM Griggs' tenure, the
RAN will face the challenge of com-
missioning into service a range of new
technologies, including the Air Warfare
Destroyers, Landing Helicopter Dock
ships and new Seahawk 'Romeo' mari-
CN said New Generation Navy (NGN)
would help Navy navigate the cultural
and structural changes necessary to mas-
ter the new technologies.
"I see NGN being about modernisa-
tion: modernising our culture, our struc-
tures and the way we lead," he said.
"And we need that because we have
some exciting capabilities coming down
stream. We need people who want to be
here to make use of those capabilities in
the defence of our country and its inter-
VADM Griggs said he had been
involved with NGN since its inception
and believed it was truly gaining traction.
"We can't declare victory though -- it
is a five-year program. It's a long haul
and we do have some way to go," he said.
He said NGN was not only about the
top level of Navy driving the change.
"The change needs to come from
within and driven from the bottom up. I
believe we are seeing evidence of this."
VADM Griggs also spoke about the
importance of the Strategic Reform
Program, the savings from which will
CN talks future on Sydney roadshow
fund force modernisation, as well as
NGN's Signature Behaviours, which are
key to improving leadership and culture.
Navy personnel have another oppor-
tunity to view how they are impacting
on Navy's culture through the second
RANAVYPULSE survey launched on
All ratings from the completed survey
will be transformed into a trends analysis
that will demonstrate how much Navy has
embraced the Signature Behaviours.
CN said the results of the first survey
indicated the Signature Behaviours had
been taken up by Navy personnel.
"This is pleasing to see, as it suggests
that you, as Navy members, believe the
Signature Behaviours paint a common
picture of our future Navy and where we
want the culture to be," he said.
"The combined effect on Navy will be
that our people will see where and how
they affect our culture and it will provide
the senior leadership with quantifiable
data to inform our decision making on
the changes Navy needs to reach our
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Andrew Pepper shows
Chief of Navy VADM
Ray Griggs some of
the equipment used by
the clearance divers at
Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
SURVEY responses for the biggest
reform of reserve service in 60 years
have been extended to August 19.
More than 23,000 surveys from the
Reserve Reform Stream (RRS) were
mailed to permanent and reserve tri-
service personnel to shape the develop-
ment of a new employment model for
It makes the data one of the most
important and comprehensive bodies
of work undertaken to inform reserve
RRS Director Jerome Reid said the
Strategic Reform Project-driven reserve
reform agenda had provided multiple
channels to empower ADF personnel to
shape their own future.
"All good change is informed by evi-
dence and reform should be guided by
those who will most feel the impacts of
this change," Mr Reid said.
The data generated by the survey
will be used by the RRS to develop a
Predictive Behaviour Model (PBM).
The PBM is a sophisticated decision-
support tool that enables complex and dif-
ficult decisions to be made by considering
solid evidence with regard to Defence
capability requirements, costs, benefits
and member impact.
It will also help determine what
employment offer works best for Defence
and its reservists in delivering optimised
capability into the future.
The RRS team will analyse current
and historical facts to make predictions
about the future of reserve service and
Reserve survey extended
what it needs to look like to be competi-
tive in a tight human resource market.
Ultimately, the reform seeks to pro-
vide a range of innovative and contem-
porary employment options that better
match the changing work-life needs of
the current and future reserve workforce.
More information on the RRS is available at
REFORM: The RAN
Reserve Band Hobart
performs on the
flight deck of HMAS
Parramatta. The RRS
has surveyed more than
23,000 permanent and
reserve personnel to
shape a new reserve
Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
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