Working together for best practice in maintenance and modernisation

Published on US Navy (author), Image supplied by SWRMC (photographer)

Location(s): San Diego, CA, USA

Head of Maritime Systems within the ADF’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm, RAN and Australian Naval Attaché to the United States, Commodore Mathew Hudson talk with Contracts Division Head, Dawn Redman from the US Navy’s Southwest Regional Maintenance Center in San Diego. (photo: US Navy SWRMC)
Head of Maritime Systems within the ADF’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm, RAN and Australian Naval Attaché to the United States, Commodore Mathew Hudson talk with Contracts Division Head, Dawn Redman from the US Navy’s Southwest Regional Maintenance Center in San Diego.

The Head of Maritime Systems for the Australian Defence Force’s Capability and Sustainment Group, Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm, has made a visit to the United States Navy’s Southwest Regional Maintenance Centre in San Diego to meet with subject matter experts on ship maintenance and modernisation.

Rear Admiral Malcolm, who was appointed Head Maritime Systems in December 2018, was visiting the United States to discuss maintenance and modernisation processes and procedures with senior Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) staff in Washington, DC, prior to traveling to San Diego to continue discussions with the Southwest Regional Maintenance Centre’s leadership and subject matter experts.

“It was great to get together to discuss common issues and the different solutions we are considering,” Rear Admiral Malcolm said.

“We learned a lot during our visit - I was very impressed with the knowledge and skills at SWRMC.

“I am looking forward to taking what we learned and sharing it with the Royal Australian Navy,” she said.

Rear Admiral Malcolm’s visit included a meeting with Commander Alejandro (Alex) Griffen, SWRMC’s Executive Officer, and Captain Joe Saegert, SWRMC’s Waterfront Operations Department Head, who accompanied the group on a tour of the USS Shoup (DDG 86) to discuss Surface Ship Maintenance and Modernisation.

“It was an honour to meet Rear Admiral Malcolm, to share maintenance and modernisation best practices with her and other senior officers of the Royal Australian Navy,” Commander Griffen said.

“Collaboration with our foreign military partners is an important part of creating a High Velocity Learning Environment that supports NAVSEA’s Strategic Framework to Expand the Advantage,” he said.

During a working lunch with SWRMC Engineering, Waterfront Operations, Contracts and Production department heads, the group covered a variety of topics including ship sustainment efforts, contracting strategy, and the challenges facing the maintenance communities in both countries.

“By covering these and other topics, we were able to share our successful approaches to Navy sustainment with our Australian counterparts,” Captain Saegert said.

“We are happy to be part of this collaboration of knowledge sharing and problem solving to further the success of the Royal Australian Navy’s sustainment program,” he said.