Melbourne gets hooked

Published on ABML-C Steven Bruni (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, Sydney

HMAS Sirus (left) and HMAS Melbourne (right) sit stern to stern in the dry dock of Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney.

HMAS Sirus (left) and HMAS Melbourne (right) sit stern to stern in the dry dock of Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney.

With the smell of bacon and eggs in the air and water slowly filling the dry dock, sailors from HMAS Sirius engineered a perfect opportunity to snatch a crispy bacon and egg roll from HMAS Melbourne’s flight deck breakfast BBQ. Enabling their quest was the positioning of the two ships in the dock, stern to stern.

Melbourne’s ships company arrived on board at 4:45am on Friday 11 July, to cook up a breakfast feast before undocking the warship.

Sirius’s sailors decided that the smell was just too good to resist, so crew members onboard the replenishment ship came up with a strategic plan to snatch some extra food for their hungry stomachs.

After considering their possible options, they deemed their best course of action was to cast a fishing line over the stern of the flight deck onto Melbourne’s BBQ. With a cast that you only see once in a lifetime, a mystery member of Sirius’s ship’s company hooked onto a roll and before Melbourne’s Chefs could react, it was gone, over Melbourne’s stern and back up to Sirius’s flight deck. The tasty morsel was enjoyed by that one lucky crew member that had followed his stomach and went to great lengths to get himself a free breakfast.

Melbourne’s Chefs were impressed with the ingenuity shown by the mystery sailor.

“We set up like we normally would for a BBQ breakfast, to get all the cooking done early so that when push came to shove, and we had to start serving, it would be quick and easy,” Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Abbie Green said.

“Little did I know that Sirius was planning a strategic operation to take away one of our rolls. At the time of the incident, all the chefs were taking a well earned rest in the port hanger, only to hear someone from Sirius’s crew yell out “we have a bite!”

“I went out to have a look and it was gone. There was nothing we could do about it at the time. If a sailor wants to go to that amount of effort to attain one of our rolls then well done to him, he can have it! But, if it ever happens again, all I have to say is that payback is a dish best served cold,” Able Seaman Green said.

The ship’s company of Melbourne, as a token of good, will has invited the ship’s company of Sirius to attend their fortnightly lunch time BBQ, so they can continue to enjoy Melbourne’s excellent culinary delights. On that day, there won’t be any need for anyone to fish for their supper.

HMAS Melbourne preparing to depart the dry dock at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney.

HMAS Melbourne preparing to depart the dry dock at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney.