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April 15, 2010
THROUGHOUT Assail 6's
Op Resolute patrol, the heav-
enly scent of gourmet food
wafted through the lower
decks of HMAS Ararat, ensnaring
the ravenous sailors hook, line and
sinker and hypnotically drawing
them to the galley for a feast fit for
At least three times a day the 21
crew members of the Armidale class
patrol boat were lured to the galley,
where they surrendered to the culinary
delights prepared by ABCK Lloyd
Winfield and LSCK Sam Snowball.
'Winnie and "Snowy' have per-
fected their recipe for success over the
past couple of years in the Navy.
Both cooks appreciate that the
morale of a ship's company is directly
linked to the quality of the food they
receive and are, therefore, totally com-
mitted to winning the hearts, minds
and stomachs of hungry sailors.
Nothing speaks so eloquently of
both cooks' culinary mastery as the
rave reviews of the crew who have
come to worship them at meal times.
Throughout the patrol Navy News
was drawn to the galley by the scent
of mouth-watering roast pork and
Asian stirfries, which made me want
to sink my fangs into the succulent
morsels with the fury of a ravenous
LSCK Snowball has been in the
Navy for 10 years, during which time
he has cooked in five different classes
"I have been in the Patrol Boat
Group for four years and the galley in
the ACBP is by far the best," he said.
LSCM Snowball said this was an
extremely busy patrol, because not
only did he and ABCK Winfield pre-
pare in excess of 1600 meals, but they
also doubled as SMETs and members
of the boarding party.
Both LSCK Snowball and ABCK
Winfield usually start their day at 0500
to prepare breakfast and finish up at
2100 after they've scrubbed down the
galley in preparation for the next day.
And in-between preparing the main
LS Adam Davies, ET
AS A LS maintainer, Adam Davies
has had his fingers on the pulse of
HMAS Ararat and other ACPBs for
five of the six years he has been in
LSET Davies operates
Marinelink, which is the state-of-the-
art operations centre for engineering
on an ACPB.
"We can monitor and control
most systems from the propulsion
system, to the main engines, to water
and any of the services," he said.
"For example, from Marinelink's
"FIRE PAGE" we can also oper-
ate the aft or forward water pumps
which, as you can appreciate, is
LSET Davies, who is one of five
members of Assail 6 trained to oper-
ate Marinelink, described the piece
of important kit as "a computer,
designed by professionals for mon-
keys" that mitigates the risk associ-
ated with working in machinery
spaces where there can be numerous
He said he relished the challenge
and responsibility of serving in an
ACPB, and also contributing to a
real border security operation.
"You are expected to work very
hard in patrol boats but I see this as
an opportunity to fast-track my skills
and experience, which will help my
career," he said.
AB Phillip Masson, CSO
Phillip Masson joined Assail 6
only recently from Huon class
MCHs to see if he liked patrol
boats enough to literally "jump
ABCSO Masson is a Navy
Reservist who pulled the pin on full-
time service a few years ago to pur-
sue a career as a commercial chef,
but has 'seen the light' and wants
to return to the Navy because of the
opportunities and lifestyle.
The 25-year-old said his experi-
ence on this patrol convinced him he
should sign up for CFTS to do more
work with the patrol boats on Op
"Right now being on patrol boats
for such an important homeland
security operation as Op Resolute is
looking pretty appealing," he said.
ABCSO Masson said Op
Resolute was an important opera-
tion that protected our sovereignty
and assets for future generations of
During this patrol he acted as the
helmsman and look-out, or Watch on
ABCSO Masson joined the
Navy soon after his 17th birthday
because he needed discipline and
"The Navy helped me grow
from a boy into a man, and gain
an appreciation that sometimes
the simplest jobs can give the
Cooks' recipe for success
meals and the snacks, they contrib-
ute to the usual boarding and sea-boat
In order to challenge himself and
explore new opportunities ABCK
Winfield quit his job as a third-year
apprentice cook at Harry's Bar & Grill
at Northbridge in WA and joined the
Since joining patrol boats eight
months ago, ABCK Winfield has made
the most of every opportunity provided
through service in an ACPB.
Now a fully-qualified cook, ABCK
Winfield said there were many chal-
lenges involved in preparing three
quality meal choices for a crew of 30
sailors at least three times a day.
"The crew love their curries and
I'm happy to cook that, but I also love
to cook seafood because you can be so
creative with it," he said.
"We are generally appreciated by
the crew for the good food we serve
them, but if you cook crap they'll hate
In addition to cooking, ABCK
Winfield also serves as a bowman to
help the boarding party whenever the
opportunity arises which, judging by
this patrol, is quite often.
ABCK Winfield said he loved the
lifestyle of serving in a patrol boat
as much as the pride he feels in con-
tributing to Op Resolute, which is an
important border protection operation.
"We don't just cook, we have other
responsibilities and commitments
which really get the blood pumping,"
MULTI-SKILLED: ABCK Lloyd Winfield prepares a special treat for
Assail 6 sailors in HMAS Ararat and, inset, riding in a RHIB during a
Photos: Michael Brooke
FEEDING THE MASSES: LSCK Sam Snowball prepares a tasty treat
for the sailors on board HMAS Ararat.
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