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March 15, 2012
SBLT Sarah West
NAVY flexed its mussels in February at the City
of Rockingham's Annual Musselfest Cook-off.
ABCK Jason Hunter put his culinary talents,
refined daily at the HMAS Stirling wardroom, to
the test against some of Western Australia's top
chefs in a battle to crown the best mussel dish of
There was no questioning the freshness of
the seafood fare, delivered by Navy divers from
AUSCDT4, who emerged from the sea offering a
bounty of tasty treasures from the deep.
The pressure was on with the festival drawing
a massive crowd to the Rockingham foreshore --
which soared to 45,000 visitors during the two
For the judges, the 20-year-old Navy cook
from Sydney masterfully created a multicultural
"First, I took it to Japan, with a mussel and
seaweed salad with pickled ginger and salmon roe.
"Then, I took it to France by adding a mussel
veloute with blood orange and mint, served with a
char-grilled baguette," ABCK Hunter said.
"And finally, I completed the dish with a
Spanish favourite, with a twist: a paella-infused
mussel panna-cotta, with saffron and coriander."
He said the "art and science" involved in
cooking was fascinating.
"I love the physicality involved. It's
compelling. I am unwaveringly passionate and
determined to succeed, hence why I put my hand up
for this competition," he said.
After much deliberation by the judges,
however, victory wasn't to be for ABCK Hunter
who narrowly missed out on the 2012 crown. He
certainly gave his all, though, and his skills are sure
to be appreciated at Stirling.
MUSSEL-OFF: ABCK Jason Hunter competes in the
2012 Rockingham Musselfest cook-off against three of
the leading restaurant chefs from the local area.
Photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster
Mussel magic at Rockingham
Navy's view of inland tide
HAPPY TO HELP: SMN Darren Galea (left) and AB Colin Cameron stand in
front of a Squirrel helicopter at RAAF Base Wagga. Photos: LACW Jessica Smith
NAVIGATION charts were not quite
as helpful as they'd normally be
for the crew of the Navy's Squirrel
detachment who were sent in to
assist with the Wagga Wagga flood
The two aircraft from No. 723
Squadron were tasked with flying
reconnaissance missions over the
water-logged Riverina region, a mis-
sion which provided some particular
challenges due to the dramatically
LCDR Cliff Gaudie said the view
from the air was both spectacular
"There is certainly a great deal
of water around. We've seen the
bursting of banks east of Wagga
Wagga by five miles, all the way to
Griffith," LCDR Gaudie said.
"It's really significant for us from
a visual navigation point of view.
There are swathes of water and the
landscape is largely undetectable
other than the trees that follow the
No. 723 Squadron provided two
aircraft and five aircrew to the flood
operation. They spent almost eight
hours airborne, surveying the region
from Wagga Wagga to Griffith.
LCDR Gaudie said the mission
received outstanding support from
the team of nine maintainers who
ensured the serviceability of the
"This was a difficult task at short
notice and our maintenance team
was integral in making sure Navy
played an important role in the
overall ADF effort," LCDR Gaudie
Trainees lend heavy hands
WHILE it may not be known as a
Navy town, the RAN provided a
third of the heavy lifting during the
ADF's initial response to the flood
crisis in Wagga Wagga.
The entire group of 163 Navy
aviation technical trade trainees
from the RAAF School of Technical
Training had been ready to go as
soon as the first call for volunteers
went out around 4pm on March 3.
An hour later, a group of about
15 who had been chosen for
the first shift were on the ground
sandbagging at the State Emergency
Service and council yards.
School Warrant Officer
Disciplinary, WOFF Richard
Salcole, said the men and women
from the Navy made a significant
contribution towards filling 35,000
sandbags on that first night.
"The sailors made up around a
third of the initial push as the ADF
worked to limit the damage of
this overwhelming event," WOFF
"As part of the school they've
continued to contribute to the flood
relief work, both sandbagging and
"It's been a tremendous effort
by all students and staff from the
school, who have continued lessons
throughout the crisis via a roster
system which has enabled some
training to continue, while still
assisting with flood relief.
"Now the teams are on standby
to resume the hard work when we
get the green light for the clean up
phase of the operation."
The RAAF School of Technical
Training is responsible for training
Navy aircraft and avionics
technicians. The trainees are posted
to HMAS Albatross and bourne at
RAAF Base Wagga, where they
spend around 18 months on their
training courses. Including staff, the
Navy has, on average, 172 personnel
located at RAAF Base Wagga.
HEAVY HANDS: Navy trainees who helped fill and prepare more than
35,000 sandbags at Wagga Wagga.
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