Home' Navy News : October 11th 2012 Contents LCDR Ian Lumsden
SAILORS from Fleet Support
Unit's (FSU) propulsion section
have completed five W5 top-end
overhauls on the 396 series engine
(generator prime mover) in Anzac-
class frigates, reducing the direct
cost of that work by an estimated
The W5s in HMA Ships
Toowoomba, Ballarat and
Parramatta were all conducted this
year as part of the new business
model for FSU-AUST, approved
The new way of doing business
for FSU-AUST will see techni-
cal sailors increase their skills by
doing more hands-on maintenance.
As a contributing business unit,
FSU-AUST will initially focus on
building skills in key areas such as
diesel engine maintenance, anten-
na related work, gauge calibration,
corrosion control and tank clean-
ing with a view to broadening the
skills into areas where it can add
Head Maritime Systems Division
DMO RADM Peter Marshall said
FSU's support was vital.
"I'm certainly keen to encour-
age my system program officers to
actively engage the FSU to help us
do the work that we need to do,"
"Every ship we have runs die-
sel engines and my perspective is,
and has been for a long time, that
New skills cost less
Navy should be absolute experts
in diesel engine repair and main-
tenance. It's a critical skill for us."
A maintainer for HMAS
Toowoomba, POMT Shane Smith,
said it was great to build skills and
do something meaningful.
"It's what we joined up to do
really," POMT Smith said. "In the
end, when it runs you know that
you've achieved something."
By being involved in these
types of activities, FSU-AUST is
making a significant contribution
to improving the materiel state of
Head Navy Engineering
RADM Mick Uzzell said it was
important to note that FSU was a
"It will not be independent
units in different locations, so if
the work that we do on behalf of a
SPO requires that we move people
for a period of time from one loca-
tion to another location, then that's
what we'll do," he said.
"If it means that we have to
move test equipment and tools, we
will do that as well.
"We will create the teams we
need from the members of FSU-
AUST in every location."
AT WORK: LSMT Nathan Martin, of the propulsion section at FSU, works as part of the team
performing a W5 maintenance activity on the 396 series engine.
DURING routine testing earlier this year, it
became apparent previous maintenance prac-
tices for load testing of the replenishment at sea
stump masts incurred unnecessary risk, expense
and inaccurate loading due to the reliance of
using tugs, winding ship, and the elements.
A directive was issued to cease the testing
of masts until an acceptable alternative testing
method was developed.
The Anzac SPO subsequently tasked two
of its senior staff to design an onshore test-
ing frame capable of applying load tests to the
stump masts and associated cables in a con-
trolled and safe environment.
Rather than contract out the work, CMDR
Cassandra Ryan, of Anzac SPO, engaged the
new FSU-AUST's Western Australian workshop
to build the onshore testing frame.
OIC FSU-AUST LCDR Guy Lewis said FSU
sailors worked together to achieve the build and
successful testing of HMAS Anzac's stump mast
and associated cables before her deployment in
"This joint initiative has not only saved
money, it has fostered a very positive working
relationship between the two organisations,"
LCDR Lewis said
"The observable boost in morale among the
personnel in the workshop was also highly evi-
The average cost to undertake a tug-applied
load test on a single stump mast including stay
cables is estimated at around $34,000. Noting the
60-month testing interval and with eight Anzac-
class ships in service for a further 15 years, it
is anticipated the testing could save $816,000 in
The total cost to manufacture the testing
frame and beam was about $45,000.
pass safety test
and bottom line
October 11, 2012
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