Bon Appetite On USS Essex
Navy News | Corey Truax | January 11, 200
SASEBO, Japan - USS Essex (LHD 2) Sailors experienced a new flavor on the mess decks Jan. 9 thanks to Canadian civilian Chef
“The Adopt-A-Ship program gives USN culinary specialists the opportunity to work with civilian culinary professionals, like myself,
through a mentoring program,” said Hamilton. “It’s a really great opportunity for me and the Sailors to learn from each other.”
“There are a lot of things you have to take into account when you’re cooking on a ship. You can’t foresee things like you can in the
civilian world,” said Hamilton. “You never know when you’re going to lose electricity, steam or some other vital system. These
Sailors ability to react and take care of business is amazing,” he added.
Essex culinary specialists (CS) echoed Hamilton's sentiments. Working in the galley with a professional chef gave some a new
outlook on being a CS.
“It was really neat to have a professional chef come and cook with us and teach us some of the tricks he has learned over time,”
said Culinary Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jan M. Deperalta. “Talking to Mr. Hamilton while I helped him prepare food has
opened my eyes up to how my skills in the Navy will help me get a job in the civilian world.”
“The best part of participating in the Adopt-A-Ship program, for me, is not so much the travel, but the opportunity for me to help
out the Sailors in the Global War on Terrorism,” concluded Hamilton.
The Sasebo, Japan-based Essex is the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious assault ship, and the flagship for the Forward
Deployed Amphibious Ready Group.
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