Stores and boarding – all in a day’s work

Published on Department of Defence (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Topic(s): Operation MANITOU, HMAS Newcastle (F06), Counter-piracy, Deployment

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Matthew Bruce stands in the naval stores compartment of HMAS Newcastle while on Operation Manitou in the Middle East Region. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)
Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Matthew Bruce stands in the naval stores compartment of HMAS Newcastle while on Operation Manitou in the Middle East Region.
Navy’s Able Seaman Maritime Logistics – Supply Chain Matthew Bruce, is currently deployed to Middle Eastern waters on Operation MANITOU as part of HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company.
 
The ship is in the region about to complete her role to help foster security, stability and prosperity.
 
While Able Seaman Bruce’s main role is requisitioning and providing maritime logistical support to the various departments on board – he also has extra duties while deployed.
 
“Alongside my duties in the Maritime Logistics department, I’m also a member of the ship’s boarding party,” he said.
 
“In that role, we provide assistance and protection to merchantmen within our area of operations, as well as boarding vessels to conduct search and seizures of illicit cargo.
 
“Being a part of the ship’s boarding party is an extremely rewarding job.
 
“We directly affect the flow of illegal cargo in the region, and provide protection for cargo heading to all corners of the globe.”
 
In his first deployment to Operation MANITOU, Able Seaman Bruce said one part of the trip he really enjoyed was immersing himself in the various cultures of the Middle East region during port visits.
 
“I think being able to visit unique areas of the Middle East, and explore the cultures will be one of the best parts of this deployment,” he said.
 
As a logistics specialist, his day-to-day role involves purchasing, receipt, storage, issue, return and stock control of all stores items, stores accounting, through to receiving and issuing stores at sea.
 
He works for the Maritime Logistics Officer’s department on the ship which also includes chefs, hospitality specialists, and the medical team. 

Newcastle returns to her home port at Fleet Base East, in Sydney, in December and will be replaced by HMAS Warramunga as Australia’s ship in the region.
 
To learn more about logistics roles in the Navy visit the Defence jobs website.