Director General Maritime Support, Commodore Stephanie Moles has highlighted a number of achievements of Maritime System Division's Maritime Cross-Platform System Program Office, as the office celebrated its first birthday on 10 November.
At a morning tea for staff, Commodore Moles acknowledged the leadership team from last year, in particular Mr Andrew Stephens and Captain Rod Kenyan, who laid the foundation for the year's progress.
"The evolution of the Naval Inventory Procurement Office into the current Program Office stemmed from a focus to move away from transactional purchasing to one of a systems management approach to inventory and the need to manage cross-platform systems centrally," she said.
A new materiel assurance framework has been established to govern the procurement, engineering and contracting functions undertaken by the Program Office.
The list of achievements for the first year are many and Commodore Moles highlighted a few including: certification as an Authorised Engineering Organisation with a broader engineering remit; International Organization for Standardization reaccreditation; and publication of 31,000 pieces of Objective Quality Evidence in an online library that will shortly be accessible by ships at sea.
"The library initiative will deliver efficiencies – no more looking for lost paper, but it is also central to seaworthiness, as materiel the Program Office delivers to ships will be assured as fit for purpose," she said.
"The online library has already proven itself a success with a saving of close to a $1 million – where lost documentation was found.
"Supplier Quality and Assurance functions have been reinvigorated and this is fundamental for governance processes."
Mention was also made of the strategic contracting activity in the Program Office and how this will deliver sustainment for the future.
Commodore Moles thanked staff for their efforts and actions that directly contribute to the sustainability of the Fleet and Chief of Navy's Plan Pelorus, the Navy's plan to 2018