/subfor/csg2/PublishingImages/COMMAND%20LOGOS/LOGOS%20WEB/WebBannerSM2013.png

Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 
(From L to R) USS New Hampshire Supply Officer Lt. j.g. Revitzer, Lt. Hilliard,
Cmdr. Darrell Stratton and Cmdr. Sean Powell.
 
Australian Supply Officers Participate in Three-Day Learning Exchange at SUBASE New London
  
GROTON, Conn. - The commander of Submarine Group 2 hosted two Australian supply officers during their three-day learning exchange to Naval Submarine Base New London, Sept. 20-22.
 
"The U.S. has long enjoyed a close partnership with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and this bond is especially strong among our submarine forces," said Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge.
 
"As we look ahead to the maritime challenges we will face in the Pacific, regional stability will hinge on our combined capabilities," said Breckenridge. "Any efforts to improve logistic support and interoperability between our forces will improve our posture making this visit strategically advantageous."
 
Lt. Adam Hilliard, U.S. Navy Supply Corps, is currently fulfilling that niche by participating in a two-year Personnel Exchange Program in Perth, Australia. In his present assignment, he supports the director, Supply Support and Logistics, Submarine Branch as the performance and sustainability officer.
 
Prior to his current billet, Hilliard was assigned to Groton-based USS Hartford (SSN 768), a Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine.
 
"As a U.S. Navy Supply Corps officer, I have the distinct honor and privilege to serve overseas through the Personnel Exchange Program with the RAN. This has allowed me to use the valuable skills learned onboard a Los Angeles-class submarine to provide operational supply chain experience and assistance to the RAN Submarine Supply Chain and Support system," said Hilliard.
 
Cmdr. Darrell Stratton, a 26-year veteran with the Royal Australian Navy's Submarine Force principal staff officer-Support and Cmdr. Dean Powell, a 22-year veteran, who currently serves as the director, Supply Support and Logistics, Submarines Branch both accompanied Hilliard to meet with a number of U.S. supply counterparts during their learning exchange opportunity.
 
"This trip was initiated by conversations held between then U.S. Navy Chief of Supply Corps, Rear Adm. Mike Lyden and then Royal Australian Navy Head of Supply community, Rear Adm. Andrew Robinson. This trip has allowed the Royal Australian Navy to develop material logistics, functional knowledge and support for mutual mission systems used by the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Navy," said Powell.
 
Powell added that this visit has fostered a healthy exchange of ideas that has proven to be productive for both the U.S. Navy and the RAN and has allowed the Royal Australian Navy to benchmark against best contemporary practices currently being employed within the U.S. Navy submarine supply chain.
 
Like Hilliard, Stratton and Powell have both performed exchange tours in the United States to further enhance their knowledge of supply logistics, supply support services and acquisition.
 
During their visit, the Australian supply officers visited Electric Boat, USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) and toured the Navy Supply Corps School, located in Newport, RI.

 

110920-N-AW342-013 GROTON, Conn. (Sept. 20, 2011) - Chief Machinist's Mate (SS) Christopher Schaeffer, gives a demonstration of the Weapons Launch Console Team Trainer (WLCTT) at Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn. to two Australian supply officers. The two Royal Australian Navy officers are in Groton for a three-day learning exchange visiting Naval Submarine Base New London, Commander, Submarine Group 2, USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) and Electric Boat. (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW/SW) Virginia K. Schaefer/Released)

 

 

110920-N-AW342-075 GROTON, Conn. (Sept. 20, 2011) - Cmdr. Dean Powell and Cmdr. Darrell Stratton, supply officers in the Royal Australian Navy, drive a submarine simulator during a demonstration at the Ship Control Operations Trainer at Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn. The officers are in Groton for a three-day learning exchange visiting Naval Submarine Base New London, Commander, Submarine Group 2, USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) and Electric Boat. (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW/SW) Virginia K. Schaefer/Released)

 

 

 

Click here to see more photos from the Royal Australian Navy visit on Flickr.