Handover ceremony marks the establishment of a new Community

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Anthony Martin (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Location(s): Navy Headquarters, Canberra

Topic(s): Training, Leadership

Head of Maritime Logistics Community, Commodore Simon Ottaviano, RAN, right, presents a framed presentation capturing the Maritime Logistics - Personnel (ML-P) workgroup’s RAN history to Head of Maritime Personnel Community, Commodore Anthony Klenthis, CSC, RAN, during the ML-P Sailor Workgroup Handover Ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)
Head of Maritime Logistics Community, Commodore Simon Ottaviano, RAN, right, presents a framed presentation capturing the Maritime Logistics - Personnel (ML-P) workgroup’s RAN history to Head of Maritime Personnel Community, Commodore Anthony Klenthis, CSC, RAN, during the ML-P Sailor Workgroup Handover Ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra.

In a small yet significant ceremony, the Head of the Maritime Logistics Community, Commodore Simon Ottaviano, conducted a handover of the Maritime Logistics Personnel Operations Sailor workgroup to Head of Maritime Personnel Community, Commodore Anthony Klenthis.

The event was an important milestone in the creation of the new Maritime Personnel Community.

“The Maritime Personnel sailor’s workgroup and the new Maritime Human Resources Officer (MHRO) workgroup will provide an enhanced level of human resources and personnel support not previously seen in our navy,” Commodore Klenthis said.

“I’m not aware of any other navy in the world delivering this level of professional integrated human resource management.

“It is an exciting time and I’m proud of this achievement,” he said.

The handover ceremony included the passing of a framed presentation capturing the Maritime Logistics – Personnel Operations (ML-P) workgroup’s history and their earlier identity as ‘Writers’.

The new Maritime Personnel sailors will trial a new rate badge design that will be reflective of the people-centred capability the Maritime Personnel community will provide to Navy.

For Leading Seaman Kim-Jade Martin it was a proud moment. Her rate badge design was selected for the new category.

“I did some research on the design and ensured it incorporated the military and people aspects of our role,” Leading Seaman Martin said.

Commodore Ottaviano was excited for the future of the branch he was passing on to the Maritime Personnel community.

“This is an evolution of the professionalisation of the human resource response to our organisation and its needs.

“I am proud to handover a quality system and workforce that will be ready to meet the challenges ahead,” he said.

The Maritime Personnel Community vision is ‘to provide excellence in personnel capability through an agile, responsive, innovative and professional workforce focussed on the rapid and reliable delivery of military human resource management in the maritime and joint environment’.

Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations sailors will now be known as Maritime Personnel sailors, following Chief of Navy’s approval in July 2019.

Seated, left to right: Head of Maritime Personnel Community, Commodore Anthony Klenthis, CSC, RAN; Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, AM, RAN; and Head of Maritime Logistics Community, Commodore Simon Ottaviano, RAN; with members of the Maritime Logistics community during the Maritime Logistics - Personnel Sailor Workgroup Handover Ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra.

Seated, left to right: Head of Maritime Personnel Community, Commodore Anthony Klenthis, CSC, RAN; Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, AM, RAN; and Head of Maritime Logistics Community, Commodore Simon Ottaviano, RAN; with members of the Maritime Logistics community during the Maritime Logistics - Personnel Sailor Workgroup Handover Ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra.