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SAILORS have been honing their skills and train-
ing in the areas of refrigeration and air-conditioning
maintenance as part of Fleet Support Unit (FSU)
Australia's increased role in the repair and mainte-
nance of the Fleet.
POMT Darren Jay, of FSU-South East at HMAS
Kuttabul, said there had been a massive increase
in the amount of work being done over the past six
months by his team.
"It's been really good actually to get our skills
back up," POMT Jay said.
"One of the direct benefits of having more work
on is that junior sailors are being given the opportu-
nity to progress their competency logs.
"We try to take on anything with refrigeration and
air-conditioning including compressor change outs,
motor change outs and controller box cleans.
"We do it on every class of ship and I have a dozen
busy sailors working for me at the moment."
He said getting compressor rebuilds down by FSU
instead of by private contractors that had previously
been doing it, would save the Navy a lot of money
and enable more training to be undertaken.
"The sailors are leaving here with a lot more expe-
rience and confidence in what they are doing," POMT
Jay said. "It's great we are able to train the new guys
in this sort of work."
Recently, POMT Jay and his team were on board
HMAS Newcastle performing a dynamic de-scale and
cleaning out of the ship's air conditioning condenser
unit. This involves cleaning out marine growth from
the number one air conditioning unit.
"This is work that has to be done on every ship
either annually or with every individual maintenance
availability check," POMT Jay said.
SMNT Ben Nixon who posted in after his initial
training at HMAS Cerberus said he was enjoying the
"It's good to actually do something and to get my
comp log done," he said.
FSU Australia is focusing its maintenance and
repair services on high-value work like refrigeration
and air conditioning so that its sailors have the oppor-
tunity to develop their technical skills, while Navy
reaps the benefits of reduced maintenance costs.
SMNMT Ben Nixon,
East at HMAS
Kuttabul, works on
the air conditioning
Photo: LCDR Ian Lumsden
November 8, 2012
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