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joInt LogIstICs CoMMAnD
ustralia’s Defence logisticians
pride themselves on being
able to provide the aDF with
the necessary supplies and
services for operations and
And with the ADF having recently entered into
several of Mutual Logistics Support Arrangements
(MLSA) with Defence organisations from a range of
other nations, the Australian Defence Force can now
get support from other nations should the need arise.
MLSA are the principal strategic-level
arrangements through which the ADF effects
military-to-military transfer of logistics
support during operations, exercises and other
contingencies, including humanitarian assistance
and disaster relief.
With an MLSA in place, Defence logisticians
supporting Australia’s operational commanders can
expeditiously request services and supplies such
as the signatory Defence Force and the ADF can
reciprocate as required. Examples might be fuel,
tyres, rations, spare parts. Reimbursement is either by
cash, exchange in kind or exchange of equal value.
In April 2009, Commander Joint Logistics,
Major General (MAJGEN) Grant Cavenagh, on
behalf of the ADF, signed two new Mutual Logistics
Support Arrangements with Indonesia and Italy.
“These and our other formal international
Logistics Agreements and Arrangements give the ADF
greater flexibility in securing logistics services and
support in contingencies,” MAJGEN Cavenagh said.
The MLSA with the Indonesian Armed Forces,
known as TNI, covers the exchange of mutual
support in Military Operations Other than War
(MOOTW) including HA/DR operations.
Signing on behalf of TNI was Assistant for
Logistics to the Commander in Chief, MAJGEN
Australia worked with TNI on tsunami relief in
2005, and the ADF and TNI have a comprehensive
training and exercise program. The new MLSA will
streamline future requests for logistics support.
The MLSA is one of the first initiatives
progressed between the ADF and TNI under the
Joint Statement on Defence Cooperation signed
by the Chief of the Defence Force and TNI’s
Commander in Chief General Djoko Santoso in
January this year.
MAJGEN Cavenagh signed the MLSA with
MAJGEN Alessandro Montuori, Chief of the Logistics
Department, Italian Defence General Staff while both
were attending NATO meetings in Brussels.
The Italian Republic is a member of the
Multinational Interoperability Council (MIC) along
with the United States, Canada, United Kingdom,
France, Germany and Australia. It is intended for
the ADF to have logistics arrangements with each
of the MIC member countries.
Meeting in Canberra last September, the former
Minister for Defence, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon and
French Defence Minister Morin, highlighted the
particular benefit of a future MLSA for Australia-
France defence cooperation in the South Pacific.
Negotiations are progressing towards finalising that
arrangement as well as one with Germany.
aBoVe: Italy's chief of the logistics Department maJgen alessandro montuori (left) and
commander Joint logistics major general grant cavenagh sign the new mutual logistics
he new generation navy
(ngn) initiative is being
implemented as part of a
fundamental reform of navy
leadership, training and culture.
Its vision is to have an australian
navy renowned for excellence in
service to the nation.
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral (VADM) Russ Crane
said the NGN initiative was critical to Navy’s future.
“New Generation Navy is my number one
priority.” VADM Crane said. “Why do we need it?
Simply put, while we continue to deliver on our
long and proud history, we need to make a change
of course to deliver on our future capability.”
With more than 500 personnel now consulted,
the NGN team have been busy touring naval bases
and assets across the country, explaining their task
and seeking input from personnel of all ranks.
While Navy’s new structure would attract the
most interest at first, VADM Crane said cultural
change was the most pressing NGN priority.
“I cannot understate the importance of
changing Navy’s culture,” VADM Crane said.
Structurally, VADM Crane will receive four
primary reports for the four critical areas for Navy
to address. To achieve this Navy will be re-formed
into two commands:
• Navy Strategic Command will be led by
Deputy Chief of Navy and be responsible for
capability, engineering and personnel, and
• Fleet Command – which will take charge
of the development of the fleet, managing
people at the forces level and allow Navy to
focus on force generation.
Training and support will come under Fleet
Command and Navy will consolidate the current
seven Force Element Groups (FEGs) into three
(Surface Forces, Undersea Forces and Fleet Air
Arm). The structure is intended to optimise the
management of people and equipment and address
the breakdowns in the current training process.
Navy Systems Command is being abolished.
VADM Crane said that while it had achieved a great
deal in the past nine years, times had moved on.
“Hard decisions need to be made,” VADM
Crane said. “The new structure will be subject to
detailed modeling and stress-testing and subject
to this being successful I intend to implement the
structural changes with effect 1 July 2009.”
Forming part of the NGN consultation process,
VADM Crane recently visited Navy’s submarine
fleet at HMAS Stirling to detail his plan.
“I am extremely proud of the service and
capability that our submarines provide,” VADM
Crane said. “But I am concerned that their long-
term sustainability cannot be guaranteed unless
we act decisively. The challenges facing Navy’s
submarine force today may well be felt by the
wider Navy in the years to come, unless we put our
Navy’s Submarine Sustainability Program will
follow a five-phase strategy designed to stabilise,
recover and grow the submarine workforce
throughout the next five years.
By easing the strain on submariners and
increasing crew numbers, VADM Crane’s goal is to
have a fourth crew operating by the end of 2011.
VADM Crane said one aspect of Navy which
will not change is the Navy values.
“Honour, Honesty, Courage, Integrity and
Loyalty sum up what the New Generation Navy
program is seeking to achieve,” VADM Crane said.
Want to know more? www.navy.gov.au
new generation navy
Serving Australia with Pride
By Lieutenant Commander Fenn Kemp
Breaking it down: The ngn initiative
encompasses three pillars:
Cultural reform – For Chief of Navy Vice Admiral
(VADM) Russ Crane, this remains his most
important NGN reform. NGN aims to change
Navy into an organisation which makes and
executes strategic decisions, supports people
during and beyond their service, and empowers
them to make a respected contribution.
Leadership and ethics – Navy must work
towards a principles-based organisation that
identifies, grows and supports leaders of
integrity who honour their people.
Structural reform – Navy must streamline
accountability and focus on the generation and
training of Navy’s capability.
aBoVe: The chief of navy Vice admiral russ crane, addresses submariners in the junior sailors
cafe during a visit to hmas collins.
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