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March 15, 2012
NAVY cooks are helping young apprentices fol-
low the scent of success into the RAN.
A dozen apprentice cooks got a taste of pre-
paring gourmet food from the galley at HMAS
Kuttabul, where they learnt about being cooks in
The apprentices then helped service 300 rav-
enous sailors drawn to the galley by the smell of
POCK Scott Oram and LSCK Jude Gregory
briefed the trainee chefs on the challenges and
rewards of being Navy cooks, including the vari-
ety of meals they cook at sea.
The curious apprentices asked if the job
allowed for a degree of gourmet chef finesse.
The apprentices were delighted to learn they
can enhance their culinary skills with the Navy
which operates work experience programs with
popular commercial venues such as Matt Moran's
ARIA restaurant and others.
PO Oram said the work experience programs
also allowed Navy cooks to learn from highly
regarded chefs and to return to shore postings or
ships with new skills and experience.
"The morale of a ship's company is directly
linked to the quality of the food they receive and
we cooks are therefore totally committed to win-
ning the hearts, minds and stomachs of hungry
sailors," he said.
Contract Performance Manager CPOCK
Simon Allanson said the apprentice open-day pro-
gram allowed Navy to recruit people with prior
learning, which resulted in sailors getting the best
quality meals and snacks.
GRUB'S UP: POCK Scott Oram welcomes hungry diners to the galley at
Photo: Michael Brooke
Taste of the RAN Cpl Melanie Schinkel
DEFENCE'S commitment to the annual blood challenge
was acknowledged on February 29 as VCDF AIRMSHL
Mark Binskin was presented with a perpetual trophy by the
Australian Red Cross Blood Service in Canberra.
Awarded by the CEO of the Australian Red Cross Blood
Service, Jennifer Williams, the trophy will be used to mark
the achievements of the highest donating service each year.
"In what is truly a win for Australian patients, Australian
Defence Organisation personnel made a record 2156 dona-
tions across three months last year, saving as many as 6400
lives in the process," Ms Williams said.
"This result represents a huge 30 per cent increase in
donations from Defence compared to previous years."
Last year Army topped the donation count with 767 fol-
lowed by Air Force with 577, Navy with 424 and the Defence
public service with 388.
AIRMSHL Binskin said it was good to see Defence men
and women extending their spirit of service by participating
in the ADO Blood Challenge.
"This is such an important cause. Not only do these dona-
tions save lives in the Australian community but Australian
Red Cross Blood Service products are also used on operations
in East Timor and Solomon Islands," AIRMSHL Binskin said.
"The ADO Blood Challenge is now in its fourth year and
every year the number of donations has increased markedly.
For 2012, the challenge for the other services will be to break
last year's record and beat Army."
CA LTGEN David Morrison also accepted a trophy on
behalf of Army for winning the 2011 blood challenge.
"In terms of Army, 767 donations only account for about
one battalion group and we have at least 10 battalion groups.
Navy, Air Force and the Defence public service better watch
out because Army is out to win again this year," LTGEN
The 2012 ADO Blood Challenge will be launched in August and dona-
tions will be collected from September to November.
over new trophy
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