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RAN scrambles to stop burnout of sub crews
« on: April 08, 2009, 10:35:50 »
And the demands placed on the overstretched sub arm begin take their toll.


RAN scrambles to stop underwater burnout

Submarine crews will be expanded to make it easier to give their members a break.
The Navy is planning a raft of changes to make working on submarines more attractive, after acknowledging serious morale problems in its fleet.
It says they are dangerously fatigued and pessimistic about the future of the submarine fleet, yet many are so focused on doing a good job they burn out and then leave.
The fleet is crucial to Australia's defence but it has been unable to recruit enough submariners or hold onto those it has trained, leaving the fleet short-staffed for the past 10 years.
While big cash incentives have started to address the problem, the Chief of the Navy Vice Admiral Russ Crane says more needs to change.

"We can't afford to burn out our people, I will not allow it and neither will the Australian people," he said.
"The Navy is sometimes accused of ignoring its submariners. There has been a small increase in our retention rates for submariners, that's an encouraging sign, but we still have a lot of hard work to do."
The Navy will increase the size of submarine crews, improve career paths and make life as a submariner more family friendly to keep the fleet sustainable.
But it will be more than two years before the Navy has four submarine crews ready for action.
They will still be short of the ideal number needed to run the current fleet and there are plans for more submarines on the drawing board.

Minister for Defence, Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, has welcomed the Navy's plan.
"I congratulate Vice Admiral Crane on immediately beginning work to safeguard Australia's national security," Mr Snowdon said.
The announcement comes after the completion of the Submarine Workforce Sustainability Review late last year.
It made 29 recommendations and Vice Admiral Crane is implementing them all.
"The review pulls no punches and I am pleased to see Navy has taken its findings so seriously," Mr Snowdon said.
"While Australia's submarine fleet remains capable, its long-term sustainability depends on the wellbeing of Navy's submariners.
"The Government looks forward to positive outcomes from Navy's new recruitment and retention measures."
The Navy's Submarine Sustainability Program will follow a five-phase strategy designed to develop a sustainable submarine workforce over the next five years.

« Last Edit: April 08, 2009, 10:45:41 by CougarDaddy »
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