Film project to showcase maritime logistics careers

Published on LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Kuttabul, NSW

Topic(s): Training

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Nicholas Collins and Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Kaylah Bowdler prepare food in the galley at Junior Sailors Mess at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts)
Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Nicholas Collins and Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Kaylah Bowdler prepare food in the galley at Junior Sailors Mess at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.

Maritime Logistics sailors have opened up about their career highlights and potential pathways as part of a film project that throws a spotlight on the profession that keeps Navy equipped, resourced and provisioned.

A video crew captured the sailors speaking on various aspects of maritime logistics as part of the Maritime Logistics Career Continuum (MLCC), which is now in its second year.

The MLCC includes career pathway maps and a proficiency framework that allows sailors and officers to quantify their level of logistics mastery. 

MLCC Transition Manager Commander Neville Cook said the video project was designed to communicate career options to the Navy logistics community and highlight the opportunities for professional development.

“Maritime Logistics sailors do a number of jobs and we’ve showcased cooks, supply chain and support operations personnel to talk about their careers, what they enjoy about their role and what their hopes are for the future,” Commander Cook said.

“We wanted sailors speaking to their fellow sailors and using video is an effective way to get the message out.”

Filmed at locations across both HMAS Kuttabul and HMAS Waterhen, the video features a range of sailors discussing their roles and how they’ve used the MLCC tools to assess their careers.

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Kaylah Bowdler and Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Nick Collins said it was important for logistics sailors to be able to self-assess their own proficiencies and contribution to capability.

“I’ve found the MLCC tools helpful in knowing what positions are open to me, particularly out-of-category positions such as base management or positions overseas,” Leading Seaman Bowdler said.

Petty Officer Collins said he would look to use the tools for his own career progression in future.

“It’s helpful when you want to plan for a future posting and to gain a self-assessment of where you are at in terms of proficiency and professional mastery,” Petty Officer Collins said.

Commander Cook said a key aspect of the MLCC framework was that it allowed the branch to measure “logistics mastery” and understand where the strengths and weaknesses are.

The individual metrics are aggregated to quantify how the Logistics branch contributes to Navy’s overall capability.

Maritime Logistics Officers and Sailors are employed both at sea and ashore and are responsible for the delivery of all logistic support functions.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: http://images.navy.gov.au/S20200822.

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Nicholas Collins being interviewed and filmed by a civilian film crew at the Junior Sailors mess at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Nicholas Collins being interviewed and filmed by a civilian film crew at the Junior Sailors mess at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.