Upgrades provide significant benefits

Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base West

Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Junior and Senior Sailors sorting through returned stores in the new Returns Area at the Fleet Logistics Support Element - Submarines warehouse, HMAS Stirling. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)
Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Junior and Senior Sailors sorting through returned stores in the new Returns Area at the Fleet Logistics Support Element - Submarines warehouse, HMAS Stirling.

It has been evolution rather than revolution at Fleet Logistics Support Element - Submarines (FLSE SUBS) over the past year as ongoing upgrades to facilities and an update of procedures at the Fleet Base West warehouse facility significantly increased efficiencies.
 
As part of a restructure in July 2013 where the Joint Logistics Unit - West transitioned to Submarine Force command, the new FLSE SUBS has been able to work more closely with the submarines as they are now more cognisant of their requirements, further, due to minimising communication overheads, they can address their needs in a more timely manner; all in all a positive and productive initiative.
 
FLSE SUBS personnel have started to operate within a purpose-designed warehouse environment due to process and equipment improvements identified through the Submarine Capability Improvement Project and Logistic Stream Implementation Project.

Fleet Logistics Support Element Submarines (FLSE) Officer in Charge, Lieutenant Commander Andrew Thorpe, gives the Commander Submarine Force Captain Mark Potter, RAN, a tour of the newly upgraded FLSE warehouse.

Fleet Logistics Support Element Submarines (FLSE) Officer in Charge, Lieutenant Commander Andrew Thorpe, gives the Commander Submarine Force Captain Mark Potter, RAN, a tour of the newly upgraded FLSE warehouse.


 
On a recent visit to the facility, Commander Submarine Force, Captain Mark Potter, viewed the modifications and the newly implemented strategies which have resulted in reduced turnaround time in supplying our submarines with stores.
 
“Due to limited storage space onboard submarines it is imperative we have a smooth, efficient and most of all effective system of logistic support. FLSE SUBS provides that support and coupled with outstanding personnel has resulted in significant and enduring change within Submarine Force,” Captain Potter said.
 
Under the direction of Submarine Force, Commander Andy Nelson, and Officer in Charge of FLSE SUBS, Lieutenant Commander Andrew Thorpe, the warehouse has been redesigned to enhance the work flow through the facility.
 
“Incorporation of new and updated Material Handling Equipment has proved extremely beneficial not only resulting in reduced stock management overheads but also improvements in the Work Health and Safety environment,” Lieutentant Commander Thorpe said.

Floor Supervisor Leading Seaman Ernesto Sanchez said their goal to improve processes as well as having satisfied customers.
 
“The improvements have been both beneficial to our customer and the FLSE SUBS team working in the warehouse. It’s a pleasure working in this environment and enables us to provide high levels of service to our submarines,” Leading Seaman Sanchez said.

Maritime Logistics Supply Chain sailors at their new work stations at the Fleet Logistics Support Element warehouse at HMAS Stirling.

Maritime Logistics Supply Chain sailors at their new work stations at the Fleet Logistics Support Element warehouse at HMAS Stirling.

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