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THE first of the Navy Hospitality and Catering mess
amalgamation was implemented at HMAS Penguin
on January 16.
As recommended in the Navy Hospitality and
Catering review last year, the wardroom mess was
merged into the existing senior sailors' facility.
As part of integrating the two messes, the
Senior Sailors and Wardroom Mess committees
amalgamated as well.
The mess committee is jointly led by the XO and
SWO as the previous mess presidents, and they are
working together to stabilise the committee into its
new role with the objective of reverting to a single
president in the future.
SRP-Navy visited HMAS Penguin after the
amalgamation to guage responses from staff.
"At first there was some trepidation among a
few mess members regarding the amalgamation,"
said WO Rob Van Eldik, HMAS Penguin SWO and
co-president of the combined mess.
"Initially there was a divide in the dining room,
with senior sailors and officers simply sitting at
different tables rather than in different messes,
however, now there is no delineation during meal
HMAS Penguin XO LCDR Jason Taylor said
the combining of the dining and bar facilities "has
greatly increased the utilisation of the facilities
onboard, both during meal times and during standard
LCDR Taylor said engaging with DSG and Fleet
as part of the implementation planning process
was the key to ensuring that HMAS Penguin was
ready for the reforms, which will achieve more than
$380,000 in savings a year.
Implemented January 16.
Officers' and senior sailors'
dining and bar facilities have
been combined. Junior sail-
ors' facilities will remain.
for May. Wardroom facility
combines into the current
senior sailors' facility while
wardroom mess becomes
combined officers' and sen-
ior sailors' bar.
for June. Senior sailors'
dining and bar combining
into wardroom facilities with
junior sailors' remaining.
Homebush LIA facilities
Implementation planned for
June. All living-in accommo-
dation catering will be com-
bined into one galley and
dining room for all ranks with
segregated dining rooms.
All bar facilities will also be
Implementation planned for
second half 2012. Further
investigation is being con-
ducted into the hospitality
and catering situation at
HMAS Albatross, noting the
future helicopter training
school. An announcement is
expected later this year.
Implementation planned for
second half 2012. Senior
sailors' dining room and bar
will amalgamate into the
wardroom facilities, while
the junior sailors' dining
room and bar will remain
Owing to their high volume
usage and their nature as
training bases, facilities at
HMAS Watson, Creswell
and Cerberus will not be
NAVY is entering a new phase
in the delivery of hospitality and
catering services, with the use
of shared galleys and combined
messing arrangements for senior
sailors and officers.
A review of hospitality and
catering practices across all bases
recommended a number of under-
utilised dining and bar facilities
within bases be consolidated.
The Navy review recommend-
ed a 'hub and spoke' approach,
however with the age and loca-
tion of many facilities, this was
not possible at every facility in
the timeframe required by the
Strategic Reform Program. It will
be considered during the develop-
ment phase of new establishments.
As such, Navy will implement
shared facilities where possible,
MYTH: These amalgamations will impact stewards and
MYTHBUSTER: There are no current plans to reduce
positions in these categories. Project Demeter is
investigating the roles of cooks and stewards, however a
reduction of numbers is not an aim of either Demeter or
MYTH: This is a permanent end to mess segregation.
MYTHBUSTER: The aim of SRP mess amalgamations
is to achieve a hub and spoke arrangement, allowing
different messes segregation around a central galley.
Facilities available to Navy preclude this within the
timeframe required by SRP, however future plans for Navy
bases will take this into account.
MYTH: Officers and senior sailors will lose their identity.
MYTHBUSTER: The maintenance of the traditions
inherent in the Navy mess culture is part of the SRP plan
for the hospitality and catering reforms. The availability
for separate senior sailor and wardroom functions will be
maintained at all facilities.
Mess changes on menu
March 29, 2012
utilising shared galleys and com-
bined messing arrangements for
officers and senior sailors.
Following Navy Reform Board
recommendations, CN VADM
Ray Griggs approved the Navy
hospitality and catering reforms
in August 2011, with HMAS
Penguin identified as the first base
VADM Griggs said he had
accepted the recommendations for
amalgamating dining and messing
facilities in those situations where
unsustainably low levels of patron-
age have persisted, rendering sepa-
rate messing and dining facilities
"The decision to retain exist-
ing arrangements at HMA estab-
lishments Watson, Creswell and
Cerberus was based on clear evi-
dence of the high demands on
each mess and the desirability
of retaining separate facilities in
training establishments," he said.
"The focus of the review has
been to ensure future Defence
hospitality and catering arrange-
ments remain effective, consistent
with contemporary standards, and
affordable without impacting upon
"It also considered possible
personnel impacts associated with
delivering affordable and sustain-
able services in the long term."
Information on the Navy hospitality
and catering reforms has been pro-
vided to divisional staff who can pro-
vide guidance in the first instance.
TEAMWORK: Shared galleys and combined messes will help
streamline catering services.
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