Navy Canteens unveils RAS Van fleet

Published on Ms Kate Hough (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, VIC

Topic(s): HMAS Cerberus, Navy Canteens

The redesigned and refurbished Canteen Mobile Van with its first customers, at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)
The redesigned and refurbished Canteen Mobile Van with its first customers, at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

The barometer for change has been twitching in the Navy Canteens camp these past few months, and recently a big change swept through in the small, dark hours onboard HMAS Cerberus on the morning of Wednesday 17 July.

As the sun began to rise, so too did the smell of freshly cooked bacon and egg rolls, available free to all service and contracted personnel attending the launch of the newly revamped ‘Millies’ truck. The winds picked up as did the anticipation of the staff and members onboard HMAS Cerberus.

A naming competition for the truck ran for close to a month, with the winner's announcement made at the unveiling. With balloons, serviettes and streamers flying everywhere, HMAS Cerberus XO, Commander Matt Hoffman took up the scissors for the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon and the announcement of the winners.

The creativeness of the entries impressed the Navy Canteens Board Directors, who chose the winners of the competition. One name was selected for the entire fleet of food trucks, which will roll out across several Navy establishments, and a second name was selected as the ‘nickname’ of the local Cerberus truck.

WO Vaughn Heath was on hand to receive his prize for ‘RAS Van’, the name given to the fleet of food trucks. AB CSOMW Clint Brody also received a prize for ‘Cerbrewbus’ which has been inscribed along the front, back and side of the vehicle as its nickname.

Navy Canteens CEO, Allan Hansard, said “The revamp of the much loved Millies food truck is just one of the many changes we are making across Navy Canteens. While I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises we have coming up, big things are going to happen all over Australia. Keep your eyes open – change is coming.”

Navy Canteens exists to benefit Navy members by providing a range of welfare and lifestyle benefits, as well as products and services for serving Navy members. Services include SALT Merchandise, the Win With Navy Raffle, Holiday Centres, Navy Ticketing and Canteens located on Navy Bases across Australia. Profits generated from these activities are combined to provide benefits to serving Navy members though distributions of funds to Navy establishments, the Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund, Navy Sports Council. Navy Canteens also facilitates a grants program to extend monetary grants to ships, sport and welfare activities that benefit the Navy family.

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