Replenishment At Sea Planner Conference (RASPCON)

A recent two-day meeting between LT Nathan Peck (CTF-53 Scheduler within Fifth Fleet), LCDR Gentry

Debord (CTG-73 Scheduler within Seventh Fleet) and a shipping consultant in Singapore, colloquially

termed “RASPCON” by the schedulers, yielded some advance discussions in the way to operate the

Combat Logistics Force (CLF) fleet.

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“RASPCON is not as formal as the name may suggest, instead it was just a

meeting of two schedulers and a shipping consultant to discuss all things

ships.” stated LT Nathan Peck who saw the meeting between LCDR Debord and

the consultant as an opportunity to see how things are done in other fleets.

The conversations ran the full breadth of shipping from obstacles the

schedulers overcame in the beginning to the processes that they hope will

persist after they depart the pattern.

 

An introduction of supply and demand metrics for the respective Area of Responsibility

(AOR) was one such process they will endeavor to capture. “It’s not about micromanaging or

second guessing someone else with these metrics, it’s about measuring and

assessing fleets and continually improving on current process” LCDR Debord

explained as his counterpart in CTF-53 added, “we’ve heard it before, that

you can’t manage what you can’t measure.”

 

Beyond sharing ideas of how the future fleets will look in their respective

AORs, the schedulers also commented on challenges in supporting the littoral

crafts and the one rule of shipping: there are no rules. As LCDR Debord put

it, “everything east of the Suez Canal became a talking point.” And after

the nuances of the respective fleets were covered, the discussions

progressed to advance concepts in shipping.

 

“When you’re no longer talking about customer cycles, port queues and

instead discussing ton-mile demand and CLF repositioning costs, you’ve

entered an entirely new level of shipping.” LT Peck explained. When asked

why these concepts were being thought about now and if they have been

thought of before, they replied that the decision support tool that they are

using, the Replenishment at Sea Planner (RASP), has enabled them to focus on

these type questions and not daily hand-jamming of info into messages and

 

How their job was done before RASP was uncertain but LCDR Debord

added “it probably wasn’t fun.”

 

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