Outcome 2 Navy capability

Capability performance information

Output 2.1 Capability for Major Surface Combatant Operations
  Performance Target Performance
Quality Achieve levels of preparedness directed by the CDF for military response options with a warning time of less than 12 months. Substantially achieved. Readiness levels were met in accordance with current preparedness directives; however, shortages in some areas of the trained workforce would have placed pressure on sustaining high levels of operational tempo.
Achieve a level of training that maintains core skills and professional standards across all warfare areas. Partially achieved. Collective and individual training in all disciplines continues to be conducted. The training requirements are being hampered by the shortage of available trainees in some categories.
Achieve mission capability[1] for assigned tasks. Substantially achieved. 87 per cent (2,512 days) for the force. Mission capability was not fully achieved due to some systems-related defects. Class achievements:
  • Adelaide class frigates - 98 per cent (890 days).
  • Anzac class frigates - 82 per cent (1,622 days).
Quantity 5 Adelaide class frigates - 911 (1,028[2]) Unit Ready Days (URD[3]) Achieved. 4[4] Adelaide class frigates - 100 per cent (911 URD achieved).
8 Anzac class frigates - 1,963 (2,344[2]) URD Achieved. 8 Anzac class frigates - 101 per cent (1,985 URD achieved). The overachievement of URD was a result of maintenance rescheduling, which provided an extra 22 URD.

Notes

  1. Mission capability measures capability for assigned tasks. It is defined as the required level of unit readiness for the actual tasking for which the force element has been scheduled at any time through its operational cycle. Tasking includes all scheduled activities to achieve assigned Defence operations, international engagement requirements and levels of preparedness required for a military response. Mission capability is assessed against Unit Ready Days (URD) 'achieved' and calculated by dividing the total number of mission capable days recorded throughout the year by the URD achieved to produce a percentage.
  2. As initially estimated in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2007-08.
  3. URD are the number of days that a force element is available for tasking by the Commander Australian Fleet, either outside of major maintenance and within planned readiness requirements or in accordance with contracted availability.
  4. The total number of Adelaide class frigates reduced to four when HMAS Adelaide decommissioned on 19 January 2008.
Output 2.2 Capability for Naval Aviation Operations
  Performance Target Performance
Quality Achieve levels of preparedness directed by the CDF for military response options with a warning time of less than 12 months. Partially Achieved. Longer-term preparedness targets for frigate support were affected by the unavailability and now cancellation of Super Seasprites. Qualified aircrew shortages affected preparedness and project impacts affected availability across all squadrons.
Achieve a level of training that maintains core skills and professional standards across all warfare areas. Substantially Achieved. Core skills and professional standards across all warfare areas were maintained. The number of Seahawk flights at sea continued to be temporarily reduced to meet workforce generation (training pipeline) and helicopter modification requirements ashore.
Achieve mission capability for assigned tasks. Substantially Achieved. Embarked flights and detachments were mission capable to meet all but a limited number of assigned tasks. Seahawk and Sea King helicopters met all planned activities in 2007-08.
Quantity 16 Seahawks - 2,800 flying hours Substantially Achieved. 16 Seahawks - 91 per cent (2,543 flying hours). Project demands on the Seahawk fleet and a shortage of maintainers and qualified aircrew reduced aircraft availability and consequently the hours achieved.
6 Sea King - 1,400 (1,600[1]) flying hours Partially Achieved. 6 Sea King - 66 per cent (927 flying hours). Sea King hours were affected by longer than anticipated modification programs from the Board of Inquiry that reduced availability and consequently hours achieved.
13[2] Squirrel - 4,000 flying hours Partially Achieved. 13 Squirrel - 77 per cent (3,079 flying hours). Squirrel hours were affected by a combination of factors including weather restrictions and a temporary reduction following the posting of a number of junior aircrew away from the Navy to complete operational flying training and gain experience.
11 Super Seasprite - 200 hours Not Achieved. 0 Super Seasprite - 0 per cent (no flying hours). The Super Seasprite acquisition contract was cancelled and the aircraft have been returned to the DMO pending disposal by the contractor.
6 Kalkara - available for 39 presentations[3] Achieved. 6 Kalkara - 100 per cent. The system was available for 39 presentations as per the contractual requirements. Only 9 presentations were required until Kalkara was withdrawn from service on 31 January 2008 having reached the end of its operational life. The remaining Kalkaras were transferred to the DMO for disposal.

Notes

  1. As initially estimated in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2007-08.
  2. 12 aircraft are operated, with the 13th held for attrition purposes.
  3. Kalkara was an unmanned aerial target system used for Navy and Air Force missile/aircraft detection, tracking and engagement training. Presentations refer to the number of instances during which the system is used as a target in training or system testing exercises.
Output 2.3 Capability for Patrol Boat Operations
  Performance Target Performance
Quality Achieve levels of preparedness directed by the CDF for military response options with a warning time of less than 12 months. Achieved. The patrol boat workforce has reached a mature-state of 21 crews, as required under the multi-crewing plan for the Armidale class patrol boat force.
Achieve a level of training that maintains core skills and professional standards across all warfare areas. Achieved.
Achieve mission capability for assigned tasks. Substantially Achieved. 88 per cent (3,327 days) for the patrol boat force. Mission capability was not fully achieved due to unscheduled maintenance requirements across all platforms due to fuel system and other general engineering-related problems.
Quantity 14[1] Armidale class patrol boats - 3,222 (3,227[2]) URD Achieved. 14 Armidale class patrol boats - 117 per cent (3,775 URD achieved). The overachievement was due to better than forecast delivery of the patrol boats. The target in the mature-crewed force structure beyond late 2007-08 is 3,500 days of annual contracted availability.

Notes

  1. Armidale class patrol boat numbers increased from 10 on 1 July 2007 to the final total of 14 on 22 February 2008.
  2. As initially estimated in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2007-08.
Output 2.4 Capability for Submarine Operations
  Performance Target Performance
Quality Achieve levels of preparedness directed by the CDF for military response options with a warning time of less than 12 months. Substantially Achieved. All submarines have the hull improvements, and one submarine has the replacement combat system to achieve the full range of preparedness requirements. Readiness levels were mostly met in accordance with current preparedness directives. Shortages in some areas of the trained workforce would place pressure on sustaining high levels of operational tempo.
Achieve a level of training that maintains core skills and professional standards across all warfare areas. Substantially Achieved. Core warfare skills and professional standards were maintained. Currently, Navy is able to routinely crew three submarines with appropriately qualified personnel. Continuing personnel shortages are impacting on experience levels in the submarine force. The training requirements are being hampered by the shortage of available trainees in some categories and pressures in the training pipeline in others.
Achieve mission capability for assigned tasks. Partially Achieved. 64 per cent (559 days). Mission capability was not fully achieved due to delays in HMAS Waller achieving 'operational release' of the replacement combat system in early May 2008 instead of November 2007 as planned; and delays in HMAS Collins completing workup in November 2007 due to workforce shortfalls.
Quantity 6 submarines - 970 (1,004[1]) URD Substantially Achieved. 6 submarines - 91 per cent (880 URD achieved). The underachievement was due to delays in HMA Ships Waller and Collins achieving full license certification in July and September 2007 due to personnel shortfalls and extensive trials of the new combat system; and HMAS Rankin entering full-cycle docking early in March 2008 (instead of June 2008 as originally planned) because of end of battery life.

Note

  1. As initially estimated in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2007-08.
Output 2.5 Capability for Afloat Support
  Performance Target Performance
Quality Achieve levels of preparedness directed by the CDF for military response options with a warning time of less than 12 months. Achieved.
Achieve a level of training that maintains core skills and professional standards across all warfare areas. Achieved.
Achieve mission capability for assigned tasks. Achieved. 99 per cent (456 days) for the force. Class achievements:
  • Oil Tanker - 100 per cent (334 days).
  • Replenishment Ship - 97 per cent (122 days).
Quantity 1 Oil tanker - 338 (366[1]) URD Achieved. 1 Oil tanker - 99 per cent (334 URD achieved). The slight underachievement was due to engineering defects in HMAS Sirius.
1 Replenishment ship - 191 (227[1]) URD Partially Achieved. 1 Replenishment ship - 66 per cent (126 URD achieved). The underachievement was primarily due to a delay in completing a refit for HMAS Success due to production delays.

Note

  1. As initially estimated in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2007-08.
Output 2.6 Capability for Mine Warfare
  Performance Target Performance
Quality Achieve levels of preparedness directed by the CDF for military response options with a warning time of less than 12 months. Achieved.
Achieve a level of training that maintains core skills and professional standards across all warfare areas. Achieved.
Achieve mission capability for assigned tasks. Substantially Achieved. 88 per cent (2,527 days) for the force. Underachievement was due to some systems-related defects, in particular reliability issues with the remote disposal vehicle, which reduced clearance diving team capability, and the unscheduled refit extension of an auxiliary minesweeper, MSA Bandicoot. Class achievements:
  • Coastal mine hunters - 96 per cent (1,723 days).
  • Auxiliary minesweepers - 100 per cent (347 days).
  • Clearance diving teams - 62 per cent (457 days).
Quantity 6[1] Coastal mine hunters - 1,934 (2,085[2]) URD Substantially Achieved. 6 Coastal mine hunters - 93 per cent (1,801 URD achieved) due to various systems-related defects.
2 Auxiliary minesweepers - 516 (732[2]) URD Partially Achieved. 2 Auxiliary minesweepers - 67 per cent (347 URD achieved). The underachievement was primarily due to an unscheduled refit extension of MSA Bandicoot as a result of emergent propulsion system defects and other systems-related defects that reduced overall URD achievement.
2 Clearance diving teams - 732 URD Achieved. 2 Clearance diving teams - 100 per cent (732 URD achieved).

Notes

  • Two coastal mine hunters were tasked for surveillance and patrolling of Australia's maritime approaches.
  • As initially estimated in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2007-08.
  • Output 2.7 Capability for Amphibious Lift
      Performance Target Performance
    Quality Achieve levels of preparedness directed by the CDF for military response options with a warning time of less than 12 months. Achieved.
    Achieve a level of training that maintains core skills and professional standards across all warfare areas. Achieved.
    Achieve mission capability for assigned tasks. Achieved. 99 per cent (2,613 days) for the force. The slight underachievement was due to unscheduled maintenance. Class achievements:
    • Heavy landing ship - 100 per cent (262 days).
    • Amphibious landing ships - 96 per cent (578 days).
    • Heavy landing craft - 99 per cent (1,773 days).
    Quantity 1 Heavy landing ship - 241 (366[1]) URD Achieved. 1 Heavy landing ship - 109 per cent (262 URD achieved). The overachievement was due to a reduced refit period in March to May 2008.
    2 Amphibious landing ships - 605 URD Achieved. 2 Amphibious landing ships - 99 per cent (601 URD achieved). The underachievement was due to the unscheduled docking of HMAS Kanimbla in November 2007.
    6 Heavy landing craft - 2,033 (2,066[1]) URD Substantially Achieved. 6 Heavy landing craft - 88 per cent (1,786 URD achieved). The underachievement was due to engineering defects in HMAS Tarakan and a delay in achieving a mariner skills evaluation for HMAS Labuan.

    Note

    1. As initially estimated in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2007-08.
    Output 2.8 Capability for Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Operations
      Performance Target Performance
    Quality Achieve levels of preparedness directed by the CDF for military response options with a warning time of less than 12 months. Achieved.
    Achieve a level of training that maintains core skills and professional standards to conduct survey tasking, produce navigational information and provision of oceanographic and meteorological support. Achieved.
    Achieve mission capability for assigned tasks. Achieved. 100 per cent (1,755 days) for the force. Class achievements:
    • Hydrographic ships - 100 per cent (664 days)
    • Survey motor launches - 100 per cent (1,091 days).
    Achieve HydrOcscheme 2006-09 data and surveying tasking requirements to meet national hydrographic surveying and charting obligations. Partially Achieved. 72 per cent. Units recorded 447 survey/sortie days achieved (SDA) from 618 survey/sortie days planned (SDP). Specific achievements were as follows:
    • Hydrographic ships - 66 per cent (114 SDA from 174 SDP). 49 survey days were re-tasked to Operation Resolute. The remaining 11 days were lost due to personnel shortages in key departments, platform defects and inclement weather.
    • Survey motor launches - 73 per cent (249 SDA from 343 SDP) due to defects and inclement weather.
    • Laser airborne depth sounder aircraft - 117 per cent (63 SDA from 54 SDP). Delays in commencement of sensor upgrade led to greater availability of the aircraft earlier in the financial year.
    • Deployable geospatial support team - 45 per cent (21 SDA from 47 SDP). Underachievement due to staff shortages and support to Operation Papua New Guinea Assist conducted in lieu of HydrOcscheme availability.
    Quantity 2 hydrographic ships - 732 URD Substantially Achieved. 2 hydrographic ships - 91 per cent (664 URD achieved) due to personnel deficiencies requiring rescheduling of mariner skills evaluation.
    4 survey motor launches - 1,170 (1,184[1]) URD Substantially Achieved. 4 survey motor launches - 93 per cent (1,091 URD achieved) due to equipment defect and program change to mariner skills evaluation schedule.
    1 laser airborne depth sounder aircraft - 391 (664[1]) hours Substantially Achieved. 1 laser airborne depth sounder aircraft - 95 per cent (372 hours achieved) due to poor weather limiting effective data collection.
    1 deployable geospatial support team - 366 URD Achieved. 1 deployable geospatial support team - 100 per cent (366 URD).
    1 Chart Production Office - 249 URD Achieved. 1 Chart Production Office - 99 per cent (248 URD for chart production)
    1 Naval Air Station Weather and Oceanographic Centre - 240 URD Achieved. 1 Naval Air Station Weather and Oceanographic Centre - 102 per cent (244 URD). Figures exceeded the financial year target due to extra requirements for forecasters during weekend air show events at the Naval Air Station in Nowra, NSW.
    1 Mobile Meteorological and Oceanographic team - 655 (732[1]) URD Achieved. 1 Mobile Meteorological and Oceanographic team - 106 per cent (697 URD). Personnel shortages identified in the Operational METOC Centre were effectively mitigated.
    Navigation Chart Production:
    • New charts/editions - 50
    • Electronic Navigational Chart cells - 180 (200[1])
    Achieved. Chart Production:
    • 62 new charts/editions (124 per cent)
    • 172 electronic navigational chart cells (96 per cent). Target not fully met due to personnel shortages, current limitations of the digital hydrographic database and higher demand for other Defence products.
    Defence Support:
    • New charts/editions - 12
    • Military Geographic Information (MGI) Foundation Datasets - 6
    Achieved. Defence Support:
    • 20 new MGI products/editions (167 per cent)
    • 7 MGI Foundation Datasets (117 per cent). Demand for Military Geospatial Information datasets exceeded planned levels and was met.
    Oceanographic database production:
    • Web Enabled Datasets - 4
    Achieved. Oceanographic database production:
    • 24 Web enabled datasets (600 per cent). Target exceeded due to process automation.

    Note

    1. As initially estimated in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2007-08.