Dinner’s on Darryl

Published on LEUT Lauren Rago (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Choules (L100)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistic Chef Daryl Ford onboard HMAS Choules during Exercise SEA LION 2013. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)
Leading Seaman Maritime Logistic Chef Daryl Ford onboard HMAS Choules during Exercise SEA LION 2013.

When Kangaroo Point local Darryl Ford has people around for dinner it’s not exactly what you would call an intimate dinner party.
 
You see, Darryl is a chef in the Royal Australian Navy and at the moment he and his colleagues are cooking for more than 400 people onboard HMAS Choules somewhere off the Queensland coast.

After graduating from Villa High School and getting a job at the Brisbane Wharfs, Darryl decided to move on to greener pastures.
 
He joined the Navy in 2001 and since then hasn’t looked back.
 
Having been involved in several Australian Defence Force operations across the globe, Darryl still finds time to head to Brisbane every now and then to catch up with his old mates.

“I still like to go home to watch live bands that play around the Brisbane area,” Darryl said.
 
“But I love to travel and hope there are many more overseas trips with the Navy.”
 
Choules is one of the Navy’s newest and largest ships and is currently taking part in Exercise SEA LION 2013 off the coast of far north Queensland.
 
Displacing 16,000 tonnes, Choules is a Landing Ship Dock, based at Fleet Base East in Sydney.