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Craftsman : Craftsman 2012
RAEME CRAFTSMAN 2012 61 unit jottings docking procedures and support once dry docked inside the HMAS Choules. This reduced the dry docking and refloating time of the LCM8 by six hours; a significant efficiency saving. Land 121 implementation is on the horizon for the unit; however, NQ appears to be at the end of the list for the G Wagon rollout, this provides unique challenges for maintaining the current ageing B vehicle fleet in a tight fiscal period and competing priorities. With rapid changes occurring within the ADO such as Plan Beersheeba, DLTP and Land 121 it is an exciting time to be in JLU (NQ). Enhanced Equipment Pool (EEP) The JLU (NQ) EEP pilot commenced on 1 Aug 2011 involving all FORCOMD elements located in the NQ region (except 51 FNQR). Under the Leader of Mr Brian Robb, JLU (NQ) and Mr Wayne Nutchey (BAESA) we have completely overhauled our allocation of Unimogs. Whilst JLU (NQ) maintains the EEP equipment they do not allocate the EEP to units. Units are required to bid for pooled equipment through ACMS. These bids are prioritised by formations and HQ FORCOMD before equipment is allocated to units. The types of equipments managed within the EEP are: Unimog, Mack TTW, RT-F 500 Wagtail Man pack and 2.5 kVA Generators. JLU (SQ) and JLU (N) commenced their EEP program in Feb 12. JLU (NQ) have met all EEP requests on time and within budget. Defence Logistics Transformation Program (DLTP) DLTP is transforming the Defence logistics environment through a rationalisation from 24 sites to 7 major sites. Improved infrastructure and systems will provide the platform for the delivery of savings through more efficient services. The DLTP will deliver rationalised wholesale warehousing/distribution and land-based maintenance management networks operating in modern, purpose built facilities. This will be supported by appropriate technologies, improved performance based logistics services contracts, and enhanced enabling processes and procedures. JLU (NQ) will start its transformation in Late Oct 12 with all new facilities complete by 2016. The current DIDS contract for maintenance, warehousing and distribution will be re-tendered in Jun 12 with the preferred tender to commence in Jun 13; however, there will be two separate contracts, one for maintenance and one for warehousing and distribution. JLU (NQ) Social Club The Social Club provides unit members with the opportunity to maintain a work/life balance. The CO approved several activities over the past 12 months that were supported by the Social Club including: lawn bowls, volleyball, ten pin bowling, Unit Birthday, Melbourne Cup and a mid year and end of year function. There are also scheduled CO's hours and the Sails Club refreshments each payday. The Unit supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with a fortnightly morning tea and passes the takings from the morning tea and raffles to the charity. The Social Club also sponsors the Logistic All Sorts cricket team for the Goldfield Ashes each year. The stories grow taller each year about how many runs, wickets, catches or beers were taken each game; however, the team remains strangely competitive. BAE SYSTEMS AUSTRALIA (BAESA) -- MATERIEL MAINTENANCE (MM) TOWNSVILLE by Mr Wayne Nutchey, Service Manager BAESA As the first half of 2012 draws to a close, the dust has finally settled in Townsville for the successful seeding of the Enhanced Equipment Pool (EEP) into JLU-NQ. As the workshop affiliated with JLU-NQ under the current DIDS Contract, this saw a substantial increase in maintenance output in order to bring the increased fleet holdings of Unimog, TTW, 2.5kVA generators and RTF-500 radios up to the required standard for on-going customer loans. The dedicated workshop team of 50 civilian personnel not only met this additional project target but were also able to accommodate its normal in-house tasking associated with 4th-line maintenance to 3rd Brigade's fleet of vehicles, weapons and communications systems. A vast array of miscellaneous repairs were also completed utilising external trade houses (as managed by the BAE Trade Repair Officers) for items including tentage, breathing apparatus, equipment under OEM-warranty and support to RAAF refuelling assets. Currently, the workshop has 14 ex-RAEME tradesmen within its ranks. This proves that current and previous Defence trade skills are still highly sought after post-discharge to ensure that continued maintenance support can be supplied to deployable forces within Townsville by a committed civilian team. Conclusion -- Unfortunately time and space do not allow detailing of the plethora of cutting edge maintenance activities that JLU (NQ) conducts daily. As our smiling customers, ecstatic employees and jubilant contractors will validate "If it's not happening in JLU (NQ), it's just not happening". CO and JLU (NQ) Marine test drive of the LARC V at Ross Island Barracks The JLU (NQ) EEP team The photograph above is of the ex-RAEME tradesmen currently working at BAESA MM TSV -- At rear -- Wayne Nutchey (Service Manager), Ray White (VM), Steve Toms (Trade Repair Supervisor), Glenn Watkins (Vehicle Inspector), Dave Rees (Armourer), Brendan Walkom (Elec. Fitter), Ed Torpy (Radio Mech).At front -- Dan Fedorniak (EIR Team Leader), Brett Blackhurst (Trade Repair Officer), Ian Cole (Inspection Section Team Leader), Mike Robinson (VM Supervisor) Absent -- Simon Hurdle (EIR/GE Supervisor), Matt Lovatt (GE Team Leader), Ed Rennie (VM).