The task of providing support to submarines when they visit ports around Australia and throughout the world is the role of a specialised team that delivers in assisting the functional capability of the submarine fleet.
Behind the scenes, the team from Fleet Logistic Support Element - Submarines travel wherever submarines are due to come alongside, ensuring all is in readiness for the arrival.
Unlike a warship, a submarine has very limited in space to carry everything needed to support when away from home port.
With submarines regularly deploying to new destinations, as well as those previous locations where the infrastructure has evolved, it is essential for the logistics element to be on site early to coordinate with local services and prepare for the vessels arrival.
HMAS Waller’s recent circumnavigation of Australia, the team from were kept busy ensuring stores and facilities were available throughout the deployment and in particular for her scheduled maintenance period in Sydney.
The provision of unique submarine fendering during her visit to Brisbane as well as arranging daily water transfers during her stay at a harbour buoy in Darwin kept the dynamic team busy.
Waller’s Brisbane visit was fruitful in many ways. With this being the third visit by a submarine to Hamilton Wharf and the requirement to establishing protocols with the newly formed HMAS Moreton support cell.
Maritime Logistics Officer Sub Lieutenant Dean Gazzola was able to share the business of preparing a port visit with family and friends.
“New challenges associated with this port visit have been met head-on, and all involved worked diligently to ensure a smooth stay,” Sub Lieutenant Gazzola said.
During the visit, he was able to take the opportunity to show members of his family a quick tour of Waller.
"it was a proud moment for my family as I showed them the professionalism of my organisation and the submarine we support,” he said.
Commanding Officer Waller, Commander Richard Lindsey said, it was a satisfying feeling coming alongside and knowing that all was in place for a seamless port visit.
"The team from Fleet Logistic Support Element - Submarines do a fantastic job and ensure all our needs are fully attended to,” he said.
For Able Seaman Maritime Logistics-Supply Chain Rebecca Johnson, this was her first trip away with the Western Australian-based organisation.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to see how efforts in the warehouse translate to a satisfied customer numerous kilometres away,” she said.
"I am loving this job!”