The Royal Australian Navy is planning for two months long Christmas holidays. The Australian Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon has stated that Christmas shutdown from December 03 to February 03 would encourage the Royal Australian Navy staff to avail a long break and to be more family-friendly.
However, the Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Davyd Thomas, RAN, has clarified that the Christmas stand down period is part of the Chief of Navy’s “New Generation Navy (NGN)” program, and will not have any adverse impact on national security.
The NGN program was initiated as the navy is facing severe staff shortages of about 2,020 skilled staff and a 27 percent yearly recruitment shortfall, compounded by 11 percent of staff quitting the service each year.
The NGN initiated by Chief of Navy is
- to encourage to work smarter and not harder
- to enhance work/life balance of the staff
- to improve training
- to ensure staff retention
During these holidays, all ships not on overseas deployment will remain in the port with a skeleton staff to maintain on-board security. However, an operational response vessel on the East and West coasts of Australia will be on standby to meet any emergency response at sea.
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Update: November 26
Regarding Navy’s two months stand down, Australian Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon.Warren Snowdon MP has called on the Opposition to stop playing politics over National Security and not to mislead the public on matters as important as the security of Australia. Read more from Department of Defence press release.
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