USS CARL VINSON (NNS) -- Civilian chef Trevor Hamilton arrived aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) June 7 and brought a little extra flavor to Vinson's galleys by volunteering nearly three weeks of his time to show the "Gold Eagle" culinary specialists new and different ways to do things.
Vinson is currently deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Iraqi and multinational forces in Iraq, and maritime security operations in the Gulf.
"Mainly what I'm doing here is working with some of the senior guys to show the younger ones new ways to cook and prepare food," said Hamilton. "The cooks here are great. They're asking questions, getting involved. They're wanting to discover other options."
Hamilton isn't spending his time idly while aboard the Gold Eagle. He's already spent a day in the flag galley, a few days in the chief petty officer mess, a couple of days in the wardroom and now he can be found helping out cooks in the enlisted galley.
"Everyone here enjoys working with him," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class (AW/SW) Fabian Villarreal. "He's helping to bring a little flavor to the food. Plus, he's been a great morale boost for the crew."
Since 1999, Hamilton, a native of Ontario, Canada, has been a part of the Adopt-a-Ship program, a partnership between Naval Supply Systems Command and the American Culinary Federation. The program enables civilian chefs to spend time aboard naval vessels mentoring the assigned culinary specialists.
"It's great to come out here and work with different people," said Hamilton. "This is also sort of my way of saying thank you for everything you guys do, leaving home for six months to serve your country. I have the highest respect for everyone in the U.S. Navy."
The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is comprised of Carrier Air Wing 9, Destroyer Squadron 31, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), the guided-missile destroyers USS O'Kane (DDG 77) and USS Mustin (DDG 89), the fast combat support ship USS Camden (AOE 2), and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11, Det. 9.
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