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September 27, 2012
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SERVING AUSTRALIA WITH PRIDE NEWS
LS Paul Berry
CN VADM Ray Griggs introduced
the phased implementation of the
seaworthiness management system
on July 1 as a developing system
focusing on the delivery of safety,
environmental protection and opera-
tional effectiveness outcomes.
The system is being delivered
to sailors by the Head of Navy
Engineering, RADM Mick Uzzell,
who said the cultural aspect of sea-
worthiness was a key to its success.
"By definition, the seaworthiness
management system applies to every
sailor in every category, ashore and at
sea," RADM Uzzell said.
"Seaworthiness management has
two parts. One is unifying how we
prepare ships and train crews so we
can go to sea and do what we have
"The other part is a way of behav-
ing so that we all understand what we
need to do to prepare ourselves, how
we need to do it, and how to bring it
The system revolves around two
concepts: seaworthy and seaworthiness.
"Seaworthy relates to a platform
or mission system and it talks about
the state of the materiel, the people,
the information and the management
arrangements it uses to do what it has
to do," RADM Uzzell said.
Seaworthiness looks ahead to see
if Navy can continue to make a plat-
form or a mission system seaworthy
and keep it in that state.
"The questions we must be ask-
ing ourselves include: are we train-
ing people to be able to operate and
maintain? Can we support the equip-
ment on the platform? Do we have
the information we need to do our
jobs? Can we continue to improve
the management arrangement so that
people can do their jobs in the most
effective and efficient manner?
"Operational effectiveness is our
objective but we also have two other
things we have to consider -- safety
and environmental protection."
RADM Uzzell likened seawor-
thiness to the concept of roadwor-
thiness, saying a vehicle needs to
be authorised as being roadworthy
before it is driven.
"A car has a registration certifi-
cate, it's been checked to make sure
the brakes and the lights are okay, the
windscreen wipers work, its emis-
sions are checked so that it's not pol-
luting," he said.
"The difference with the judge-
ment as to whether a unit is seawor-
thy considers the licensing of the
operators and maintainers. You can
be licensed to drive without reference
to the car.
"Let's make sure our ship has all
the right parts in the right state and
our people have all the right skills
and training, supported by the right
information and let's make sure all
that can be managed in such a way
that we can deliver the outcome." For
a warship, a submarine or a diver, the
outcome is delivering the effect it was
designed to deliver, within defined
safety and environmental protection
RADM Uzzell said it was essen-
tial for personnel to identify deficien-
cies in materiel condition or perfor-
"If the pump that pumps fuel
from one tank to another doesn't look
good, seaworthiness management
demands we identify that," RADM
"Before that pump fails, or
before you do something for which
you don't think you are adequately
trained, you make it known so that
action can be taken.
"That really is the ethos of sea-
worthiness management -- it's about
making sure we feel empowered to
do that and confident in doing it."
RADM Uzzell said the system
was an evolution, not a revolution.
"It's taking the building blocks
we already have and changing them
around so there's no duplication, no
holes, it all makes sense and every-
body understands their role," he said.
"It's not about regulation or cer-
tification, it's about us being able to
put our hand on our heart and say that
this ship is seaworthy to go and do
what is has to do while looking after
safety and environmental protection
and coming back to the wharf having
achieved what it has to achieve."
SAILORS and DMO staff gained a
valuable insight into the implementa-
tion of the Rizzo reform program at
HMAS Waterhen on September 17.
The Rizzo mine warfare and clear-
ance diving (MCD) group and systems
project office (SPO) release one launch
marked another step forward in the
Rizzo reform program towards improv-
ing the culture, practices, and process-
es in ship repair and maintenance.
The presentation informed 200 staff
and sailors including CAPT Bob Plath
COMMHP, AUSCDT-1, MCD Group
and MCD SPO about how they will be
affected by reform in the workplace
during the coming months and years.
It provided an opportunity to
engage with those at the waterfront to
ensure they are well supported to man-
age upcoming reform activity.
Head of the Rizzo reform program,
CDRE Mark Purcell, said the program
was about improving the way Navy
delivered and sustained maritime capa-
bility, and that seaworthiness was the
key to this.
"Reform is being progressively
introduced across Navy and DMO
over the next 12 months," CDRE
"Unlike other reforms this one is
different, in that a small team from
Navy, DMO and industry will work
together with those involved at the
waterfront to help achieve what needs
to be done."
MCD release manager Peter
Sidman and LCDR Paul Garai, of the
Rizzo reform program, are spend-
ing time working alongside sailors,
officers and local DMO staff to look
at what is working well, what needs
improving and developing solutions to
improve the MCD capability.
NGN senior project officer and sea-
worthiness culture team leader CMDR
Paul Gall said the launch marked the
first time many sailors at Waterhen had
discussed the Rizzo review.
"Today was a good opportunity to
inform sailors on the waterfront about
the rollout of the seaworthiness culture
across Navy," CMDR Gall said.
The maintenance planning manager
at MCD SPO, CPO Glenn Stevenson,
said Rizzo and seaworthiness were
about rebuilding the engineering capa-
bility, which was good news for sailors
who wanted to get their hands dirty
doing real work.
"It will mean greater ownership of
Navy projects and more involvement
for the sailors who will get to do more
of what they joined up to do," he said.
AB Gareth Foye, of AUSCDT-1,
said he was interested to hear about the
plans for the maintenance and repair of
MCD equipment including life-cycle
"Obviously one's ears prick up
when told things about the changes
that will directly impact on our job and
the way that we do business," he said.
"The secret is to remain flexible
until the changes filter through."
Reform on the
HAVING A CHAT: Naval officers and DMO employees discuss topics
covered at the Rizzo reform program launch at HMAS Waterhen.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
GREASE AND OIL CHANGE: Adequate training and maintenance is essential to the success of the
seaworthiness management system. Here, ABMT Anthony Campbell and SMNMT Ben Lingard, conduct
planned maintenance on 1B gas turbine on HMAS Newcastle.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
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