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Seaman served rewarding job

Able seaman Veniasi Turuva on board HMAS Melbourne.
Able seaman Veniasi Turuva on board HMAS Melbourne. SGT Mick Davis

AS an able seaman in the Royal Australian Navy, Collingwood Park's Venaisi Turuva is always ready to serve his country - breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The 26-year-old is currently serving as a cook aboard the HMAS Melbourne, a missile frigate currently stationed in the Middle East.

It is a far cry from his former life as an fitness instructor.

"I've always wanted a career that involved good work, made good money and allowed me to travel," he said.

"And the Navy ticked all three boxes."

As part of Operation Slipper, his ship provides support for maritime security operations to counter terrorism, smuggling and piracy activities in the region..

As the vessel patrols the waters, Mr Turuva spends each day busy in the kitchen preparing meals for 236 crew.

"There are a lot of people to feed so it can be a full on job," he said.

"The cooks are definitely among the hardest working on the ship."

Despite long shifts that can begin early in the morning and finish late at night Mr Turuva said he thoroughly enjoyed his work.

"The only difficult part of the job is being away from my wife and family for such long periods."

The HMAS Melbourne is due back in Australia in August.


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