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THE New Generation Navy Program,
in collaboration with Directorate of
Navy Personnel Information Systems
Management, has progressed the shore
prototype Manpower Analysis and
Planning System (MAPS).
MAPS is a decision support com-
puter application that gives workforce
plan ners, training specialists, human
resource professionals, managers and
ship's staff access to information that
can be tailored to organisational needs.
Access to this information enables
Navy to make cr ucial personnel-related
It does this by combining PMKeyS
data and customised information arou nd
an individual's career path.
The project team initially worked
on providing career-oriented informa-
tion. However, the team focus nar-
rowed to provide Training Force with
a comprehensive infor mation system
solution to the recently established
Personal Support Unit (PSU) and the
reorganised Fleet Support Units (FSU).
Navy trains and upskills personnel to
deliver capability and to ensure per-
sonnel have fulfilling and rewarding
For Training Force staff using
MAPS, it will be the first time that
comprehensive management oversight
of individuals can occur.
FSU and PSU:
Management of individuals is an
important aspect of Navy's effective
human resource management.
In relation to FSU, the deployment
of personnel to appropriate and rel-
evant work will increase Navy's capa-
bility as well as benefit the individual.
The MAPS PSU modules will ensure
members requiring additional layers of
management will be handled in an effi-
cient and compassionate manner.
New Generation Navy -- People-
Focused Work Practices:
The NGN -- People-Focused Work
Practices team has been working to
deliver some significant improvements.
In addition to the shore MAPS
development, the improvements include
an NGN-initiated project being pro-
gressed by Director General Navy
Communications and Information
The project will streamline and auto-
mate reporting at unit level.
The identification of upgrades to
MONICAR Fleet Management Diary,
with the Navy Capability Costing
System team, will also increase the abil-
ity for operational planners to undertake
their role at sea.
AFTER spending four months
aboard a sailing boat, Junior
Warfare Application Course
(JWAC) student SBLT James
Fethers could be excused for hav-
ing a more traditional perspective
This is in the face of new
technologies in the form of the
Hobart-class AWD and Adelaide-
class LHD coming online. The
AWD boasts new technologies
such as the Aegis combat system.
But when the Chilean Navy
tallship Esmeralda berthed at
Sydney's Fleet Base East on
June 19 for a five-day port visit,
SBLT Fethers had a different
nautical tale to tell.
"It was a unique experience,
that's for sure," he said.
SBLT Fethers said he strug-
gled with the language, but still
enjoyed the opportunity to work
toward his Bridge Watchkeeping
Esmeralda is a training ship for
the Chilean Navy and a floating
embassy for Chile.
The ship has visited more than
300 ports worldwide on training
and goodwill cruises since her
commissioning in 1953.
LCDR Ian Lumsden
TECHNICAL sailors at Fleet
Support Unit (FSU) will have an
integral role in repair and main-
tenance activities across the Fleet
as part of a package of reforms
unveiled by CN earlier this year.
Work currently outsourced to
contractors will gradually be taken
over by Navy technical sailors as
the refor ms restore FSU's hands-
on role in providing support to the
Although the reforms have only
just begun, there are already sev-
eral early success stories.
One of these is the hull su r vey
undertaken by FSU in Western
Australia on board HMAS Sirius.
A rolling hull survey is essen-
tial to gain Lloyd's certification and
an important safety requirement
before a ship can go to sea.
Traditionally, this work was
undertaken by contractors at an
average cost of around $10,000 on a
ship the size of HMAS Sirius.
Under the new FSU refor ms,
qualified hull surveyor CPOMT
Chris Smith, of FSU, surveyed 19
tanks on board with the assistance
of FSU's new confined space res-
CPOMT Smith identified 36
fixed anodes within the forepeak
ballast tanks, which should identify
levels of cor rosion to the ship's hull
inter nally, had not been eaten away.
On closer inspection, he found
the anodes had been painted at the
hull contact points.
This prevented metal on metal
Mapping support A sailor's
Hands-on role for
INTEGRAL ROLE: CPOMT Chris Smith, centre, performs ballast
tank inspections with ABMT Bianca O'Grady and CPOET Chris
Evans as part of the rolling hull survey aboard HMAS Sirius in WA.
contact and rendered them ineffec-
tive in identifying corrosion.
It was unknown how long the
anodes had been fitted in this
condition, but there was clear evi-
dence of corrosion to the tank walls
around the vicinity of the ineffec-
FSU sailors then removed the 36
anodes, cleaned and refitted them
while confirming continuity to
allow them to be fit for service.
Had this work been outsourced
to a contractor, it would have cost
an estimated $20,000.
It is hoped FSU will refurbish
the remaining 560 anodes on board
HMAS Sirius during the ship's next
docking in 2014 and save an addi-
NEW SYSTEM: ABWTR Dale Kratzmann, of NGN, uses MAPS in her
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