Chief Petty Officer Peter Caban can look back on almost 33 years of service with pride, but, for him, watching his son follow his footsteps as a Maritime Logistics sailor was something extra special.
Peter, a Steward instructor with the ADF school of catering at HMAS Cerberus, was on hand to watch son SMN Jack Caban graduate as a Navy chef alongside his classmates as part of Initial Cook Course 189.
Jack was even able to serve his father and mother - a former Navy Steward - at a graduation lunch, showing them the culinary skills he’d learnt throughout his training.
“I decided to join the Navy as a chef because I have a passion to cook food and hopefully travel the world while I’m doing the job I love,” Jack said.
“I felt really proud that I could show my dad the skills I’ve learnt over the 19 weeks course and to cook for my parents in that environment.”
While Jack’s parents, aunt and grandfather all served in the Navy, his dad believes he’ll have a very different experience as a young Maritime Logistics sailor.
“Ships today are manned with smaller crews, meaning Maritime Logistics departments contribute to other ancillary duties like firefighting and as part of medical emergency teams,” Peter said
“As parents, we hope he enjoys his time in the Navy, meets new friends and sees lots of the world once he gets to sea.”
After growing up in a Navy family, Jack says he’s looking forward to making his own way as a sailor.
“The experience will be similar to my dad’s, but this time I’m the one who is moving different states with the job,” he said.