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April 26, 2012
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THE Navy's new Fleet Support Unit is now official
after Chief of Navy VADM Ray Griggs,announced its
establishment to provide better maintenance support to
The reorganisation was one of the key recom-
mendations of a review conducted by the Navy's
Continuous Improvement Program and incorporates
elements of the Rizzo plan to reform Navy support
ship repair and management practices.
The review identified that the disparate Fleet
Support Units were not empowered to achieve their
primary aim of repair and maintenance.
The new unit will be an amalgamation of the cur-
rent Fleet Support Units currently located in different
establishments around the country.
"The mission of the new organisation will be to
focus on the intermediate level maintenance services
of the fleet," VADM Griggs said.
"The unit will be optimised in a business-like man-
ner to eventually generate potential returns in reduced
sustainment costs to Navy. We will achieve this by a
more effective use of our skilled work force."
The new Fleet Support Unit -- Australia organi-
sation will be run by a general manager with deep
experience in operating a maritime-focused civilian
The general manager will report to a governance
board chaired by the Head of Navy Engineering,
RADM Mick Uzzell.
CN has commended personnel serving in Fleet
Support Units now and during the past decade for their
continued hard work.
"All Fleet Support Unit personnel and the broader
Navy will now actively work to transform the Fleet
Support Unit -- Australia into a truly first class national
maritime maintenance organisation," he said.
The new FSU organisation will be largely opera-
tional by July 1.
New unit to provide
SUPPORT: Head of Navy Engineering RADM Mick Uzzell addresses members of Fleet
Support Unit-Perth, accompanied by Director Navy Continuous Improvement, CAPT
Jonathan Sadlier (left).
Photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster
DLA report received
THE final report of Phase 1 of the
DLA Piper Review of allegations of
sexual and other abuse in Defence
was presented to Defence Minister
Stephen Smith on April 17. Volume
1 of the report outlined a range of
options which may be open to the
government in providing a response
to people who had made plausible
allegations. These included mecha-
nisms that ranged from compensa-
tion, court action to health services
New Deputy in MEAO
CDRE Aaron Ingram has ended a
six-month appointment as the Deputy
Commander of Australian troops
deployed to the Middle East Area
of Operations on Operation Slipper.
Personnel serving with Headquarters
Joint Task Force 633 at Al Minhad
Air Base, United Arab Emirates,
welcomed AIRCDRE Christopher
'Noddy' Sawade as the newly-
appointed Deputy Commander Joint
Task Force 633.
Call for peacekeepers
THE Australian National University
wants to hear from current or former
members who served as peacekeep-
ers. The ANU is conducting PhD
research on peacekeepers' experienc-
es and perceptions of their service.
Input is sought from Navy personnel
who served during operations in East
Timor (Interfet and UNTAET 1999-
2002), Bougainville (Truce Monitor-
ing Group/Peace Monitoring Group
1997-2003) or Solomon Islands
(IPMT or RAMSI 2003-2006). To be
involved, contact Kimberley Doyle on
(02) 6125 2357 or email: kimberley.
RESERVISTS receiving Centrelink
benefits are being encouraged to
check for policy inconsistencies when
applying for payments. According to
Defence Reserve and Employer Sup-
port Director Ian Flawith, variations
have emerged in the way reservists
are treated by Centrelink for vari-
ous benefits and entitlements. This
includes how reserve employment
and income is treated when conduct-
ing the Activity Test for Parenting
Payments and Income Tests for Youth
Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy.
Further information is available in
the Guide to Social Security Law,
available on the website www.fahcsia.
IN THE Navy News of April 12, a
brief article on page 2 titled 'Anzac
tender' stated that a contract had
been awarded. This is incorrect as the
contract has not yet been awarded.
The sentence should have read: "A
$300 million maintenance and repair
contract for the Anzac Class Frigates
will be negotiated with Naval Ship
Management Australia following selec-
tion as preferred tenderer."
Proof in the testing
for gun mount team
POET Josh Green and
POMT Mick Ilicic
THE Proof and Experim-
ental Establishment team
located at Port Wakefield in
South Australia has achieved
a significant milestone in the
commissioning of a mobile
proof gun mount for Anzac
During the 12-month
project, team members
worked with engineers and
project staff to fit the five-inch
Mk 39 gun to a trailer.
The trailer was then
commissioned through road
testing and firing, all within a
week at the end of March.
The trailer provides a
mobile capability of five-inch
proof testing, which is in
direct support of Anzac Class
ships, and has the potential
to provide further support to
future AWD class ships.
The trailer is road
registered, which allows for
the ability to test anywhere in
Recovered rounds can
later be analysed via non-
destructive testing methods
Additionally, the Proof and
team provides Navy with
testing in accelerated life
cycle testing, radiography,
inspection, and function
testing or disposal of explosive
ordnance on one site.
FIRED UP: POET Mick Ilicic and POET Josh Green with the mobile proof gun
mount put through its paces in South Australia.
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