A Royal Navy sailor from Vieux Fort, St Lucia, has one foot on the promotion ladder and can now take a leading role in ensuring that his ship or unit has the supplies it needs to operate all over the world.
Leading Logistician (Supply Chain) (LLogs) Edward Leo joined the Royal Navy in 2007 and is currently serving on board the Type 42 destroyer HMS Edinburgh. To prepare him for his advanced role LLogs Leo has just completed a five-week course at the Defence Maritime Logistics School (DMLS) at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, UK.
The 28-year-old said: “I jumped some high hurdles to first get accepted on naval initial training and then to complete the course, which also took place at HMS Raleigh. I’ve seen most of the Mediterranean and the Gulf states during my career so far. This course has been challenging and demanding, however that’s where a commitment to excel is driven by a purpose and passion. Encouraged by a wealth of professional mentors and instructors at the DMLS, made the transition from Able Rate to Leading Hand a true reflection of life on a warship.”
As a supply chain specialist LLogs Leo is responsible for ordering and storing millions of pounds worth of equipment, from engineering parts to stationery. Since joining the Royal Navy the former pupil of Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School has also served on board the Type 23 frigate HMS Richmond and ashore at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton and in Portsmouth. He currently lives in Portsmouth with his wife, Melanie.
The DMLS is one of a number of specialist schools based at HMS Raleigh and is part of the wider Defence College of Logistics and Personnel Administration. The school provides training to all officers and ratings of the logistics specialisation including catering services, supply chain and personnel administration. In addition to providing training to the Royal Navy, the DMLS trains members of the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel and the Sea Cadet Corps.