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New Generation Navy goes
full steam ahead
hief of navy’s new generation
navy initiative has taken a
major step forward with a
hand-picked team of experts
meeting for the first time in
canberra before embarking on a
national tour of navy establishments
to communicate the ngn message.
The group has been picked by CN from all fields
to help chart the way forward. Assisting them is the
NOUS private corporate consultancy group, which
will give the program an added edge as it sets out
to fundamentally change the way Navy thinks and
carries out its day-to-day activities.
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral (VADM) Russ
Crane opened the meeting, stating that work being
done by the NGN team underpins how Navy will
meet future operational and personnel challenges.
“Our Navy has always operated in
unpredictable and changing environment, both at
sea and ashore. The structural and cultural reforms
implemented over the coming years, combined
with strong leadership, will ensure a better Navy
for future generations,” VADM Crane said.
Director General of the Navy Transformation
and Innovation Branch, Commodore (CDRE) Richard
Menhinick encouraged all Navy personnel to keep
informed on what the NGN team is initiating.
“Navy personnel need to take the time to find
out what is happening and encourage others to be
informed on why this work is being done now. I
would encourage Navy personnel to discuss with
their peers and subordinates the NGN program to
ensure we have the people we need to get the job
done,” CDRE Menhinick said.
The New Generation Navy team is
now embarking on a national tour of Navy
establishments to communicate the NGN message
and to gather feedback from personnel of all ranks.
The response so far has been encouraging.
One of the first initiatives is already building
up steam. Plan TRAIN will see two ANZAC frigates
dedicated to training to unclog training pipelines.
One ship will remain alongside to conduct training.
The other will undertake daily running, to further
progress competency training.
The program will begin with HMAS Arunta
conducting alongside training and HMAS Anzac on
sea training duty. Initial emphasis will be placed on
training of Marine Technicians who are one of the
categories facing serious shortages. But all critical
categories will receive the attention required to
improve the current training shortfall.
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What is ngn in a nutshell?
The NGN has three main focus points:
■ leadership and values – A senior leadership
team to ensure the NGN concept is adopted
■ cultural Reform – To reduce the increasing
expectation that operational reliefs are an
acceptable method of crewing ships at no notice
■ structural Reform – A reform of the way Navy
breaks down clogged training pipelines
Who is the navy ngn team?
The team is organised around three work themes
and has an NGN nominated team leader. They are:
Structural Reform – CMDR Lee Goddard; Leadership
and Values – CMDR Rod Robinson; Culture – CMDR
Other members include: CMDR Simon Andrews
(Submarine Review Implementation), CMDR
Grant Dale (Plan Train, Due Diligence Report
Implementation), LEUT Richard Adams, Mr John Ellis
and Ms Claire Starkey (on six-month secondment
from People Strategies and Policy Group).
The NOUS Group team members are: Tim Orton,
Felicity Hudson, Michael Robertson, Elspeth Hendry,
Sean Kirk and Joe Roff.
An integral part of the NGN success is the
establishment of the Integrated Product Team (IPT)
to gain credibility and test development for current
relevance. They are: Lieutenant Commander (LCDR)
Matthews, LCDR Denneny, Petty Officer McClintock,
Leading Seaman (LS) Kleinart, LS McBean, LS
Shankland, and LS Neaves.
What navy personnel can do to contribute
to the success of the ngn program!
■ Be an active participant and encourage
others to do so
■ Take part in the NGN workshops
■ Contact an NGN team member with your
ideas and input
Further information about the NGN program is
available via the Navy’s Intranet website.
chief of navy Vice Admiral Russ crane (right) addresses
the commanding officer lieutenant commander grant zilko
(immediately left) and crew of Assail 6 on board HMAs Pirie
during operation Resolute. Photo: ABPH Bradley Darvill
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