New canteen at HMAS Albatross
When most people think of the original canteen at HMAS Albatross thoughts of a time machine back to 1965 are common. Not any more though with the opening on Monday 15 August of a brand new Navy Canteens Albatross facility being opened in the newly constructed Base Support Precinct, Building 848, Gladiator Road, HMAS Albatross.
CDRE Ian Murray (Navy Canteens Chair), CDRE Chris Smallhorn (COMFA) and CAPT Simon Batemen (CO HMAS Albatross) were on hand to conduct the official opening. Captain Simon Bateman, who officially opened the canteen said “Having tasted the new menu, it well and truly compliments the new facilities at HMAS Albatross and is a great representation of the newest Navy Canteen”.
The new Canteen has an extensive dine in menu as well as healthy choices to grab and go, a salad bar, juice bar and sandwich bar and old favourites. The new Fleet Corner featuring artwork to commemorate the centenary of the First Fleet is ideal to pre-book for meetings or large groups. “With the new kitchen facilities Navy Canteens is also able to provide a wide range of catering services for meetings or functions both on and off base,” says Navy Canteens CEO, Steve Gregory.
A number of new services have also been delivered in the vibrant new location including Foxtel (90 channels), mobile phone charge station, pool table, table tennis table, boomerang buzzer service for meals (transferred from Flight Deck Café) and a much enlarged Navy merchandise area stocking Navy Canteen’s own SALT range of product (including uniform items, Navy merchandise and gifts).
CDRE Murray also highlighted that “all Canteens owned and operated by Navy Canteens across the country on Navy bases exists for the benefit of Navy members, which means every purchase directly contributes to the work of Navy Canteens and supporting the Navy family”. He added “Navy Canteens is also known for its other services including Win with Navy Raffle, Navy Ticketing, Holiday Parks and the FAAM gift shop, Fleet coke pricing and the supply of canteen goods trial on HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide.”
Navy Canteens invites you to enjoy the new HMAS Albatross menu and to take a break in the new more ambient surroundings including a large undercover verandah.