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February 2, 2012
THE Fleet Support Unit (FSU) will
undergo changes this year to enable it
to focus on being a maintenance-based
This stems from a Capability
Improvement Program (CIP) the
Directorate of Navy Continuous
Improvement (DNCI) undertook last year.
The directorate has conducted a num-
ber of CIPs since January 2010.
Some of these programs indicated
there were improvement opportunities
After considering the recommen-
dations from various CIPs, the Navy
Reform Board directed the FSU be the
subject of a CIP.
The process began in March last
year and an integrated project team was
formed with staff from DNCI, FSU and
a management consulting firm with sub-
stantial CIP experience.
After a period of intensive research
and investigation, opportunities for
reform were presented to the FSU CIP
board for endorsement.
The Navy Reform Board approved
a number of the recommendations last
The quick approval of the recom-
mendations highlights the ability of the
CIP process to rapidly progress reform
The FSU CIP recommendations
include FSU's further involvement in
extended maintenance availabilities and
The integrated project team worked
with DMO to determine extended main-
tenance availabilities and the activities
the FSU could be involved with, and the
strategy recommended will involve FSU
specialising in specific types of mainte-
nance, such as diesel engines, corrosion
control and circuit boards.
Commander Fleet Maintenance
CMDR Randall Peterie said FSU had the
ability to do any job, but not every job.
"Previously the role of FSU has not
been clearly defined, which led to confu-
sion within Navy as to what FSU does to
support the fleet.
The FSU CIP will set clear policy on
FSU roles and build a capability that best
meets fleet maintenance requirements
while building on technical mastery for
our members," CMDR Peterie said.
Project teams will be constituted to
implement the approved projects starting
early this year.
Officer in Charge of FSU Sydney
LCDR Peter Anderson said the recom-
mendations and coming projects "will
help remove many of these challenges
and allow FSU to focus on being a main-
"By developing new and refocusing
existing capabilities, FSU will be able to
provide a greater level of maintenance
support and enhance the technical exper-
tise of its personnel, all better aligned
with fleet maintenance needs," he said.
"There will be some exciting organi-
sational reforms across FSU this year
and I look forward to being part of the
team that implements those changes."
ENGINE ROOM: Changes to the Fleet Support Unit as a result of Capability Improvement Programs will
focus on making it more of a maintenance-based organisation.
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