Whilst the provision of meals may be seen as a mundane ‘everyday’ occurrence, the importance of providing capability through catering can not be understated and food plays a large part in the morale of a ship and the health of those onboard.
On an annual basis, Maritime Logistics Departments across the Fleet are evaluated on their overall standard of food service and the most outstanding ship is honoured with the Silver Platter Award. This award was first presented in 1983 to HMAS Stalwart and the tradition has continued throughout the years. The ships strive for excellence and the competition between Major Fleet Units is fierce.
HMAS Sydney, commanded by Commander Karl Brinckmann, RAN was presented the Silver Platter Award for 2013 by the Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, RAN at Fleet Base East on Friday 17 January 2014. Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Taylor and Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Steward Michael Shaun Meurant accepted the award on behalf of the Sydney catering team and the presentation was capped off with a barbeque for the whole ship.
The Maritime Logistics Officer, Lieutenant Commander Jeremy Richardson stated, “It is a great honour for the chefs and stewards of Sydney to receive this award and is fitting recognition for their enthusiasm, professionalism and attention to detail.”
In 2013, HMAS Sydney hosted the Sydney and Hobart regattas as well as playing a lead role in the International Fleet Review. The ship is currently conducting maintenance alongside Fleet Base East and is preparing to deploy in the autumn.