A Royal Navy sailor who spiced up menus on patrol around the world has been named top chef in the armed forces.
Petty Officer Daryl Hall was awarded Armed Forces Caterer of the Year after he treated the 220-strong crew of HMS Richmond to fine dining and world cuisine despite the challenges of cooking and restocking a warship at sea during a 2015 deployment to the Gulf and Mediterranean.
The 30-year-old from Plymouth was nominated for his hard work during the ship's nine month deployment on on counter-drugs and counter-piracy operations.
He re-invented the ship's menu - introducing new tastes obtained during port visits - despite operating across four continents and in extreme conditions, including temperatures exceeding 50C.
This was a just reward for a thoroughly professional caterer who worked incredibly hard throughout Richmond’s nine-month deployment. It is good to see our highly trained Royal Navy caterers being recognised for their achievements.
When Daryl was not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, he also served as a member of the ship’s boarding team who were involved in the seizure of millions of pounds of illegal narcotics.
Daryl is now looking forward to his next appointment as a catering instructor at the Defence Maritime Logistics School at HMS Raleigh, Cornwall.
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A Cornish navy ship will be deployed to help tackle the migrant crisis in the Aegean Sea.
RFA Mounts Bay, and a Wildcat helicopter, will be sent to the stretch of water between Turkey and Greece, to help stem the flow of migrants making the perilous journey.
It will be joined by three Border Force boats.
The navy ship, which is based in Falmouth, will help identify smugglers taking migrants to Greece - passing the information to the Turkish coastguard.
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Thousands of people are expected at RNAS Culdrose in Helston today for the annual air day.
The Royal Navy base is home to a variety of military aircraft, including Merlin and Sea King helicopters.
There will also be displays from wing-walkers and Italy's version of the Red Arrows.
Gates open at 9am to the public.
Devonport Naval Base will be firing a 21-gun salute this morning to mark HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s 94th birthday.
Residents who live near to Drake Main Gate on Saltash Road may hear the salute as the rounds will be fired from HMS Drake’s Quarterdeck in the Navy Base.
The traditional gun salute will be made by the Royal Navy’s armoury team, led by Chief Petty Officer Chris Hurcombe.
The crew of the Plymouth-based submarine, HMS Torbay, have been granted the freedom of Torbay.
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A 21-gun salute will be fired in Devonport today for the Queen's birthday. The rounds will be fired at noon by the Royal Navy's armoury team on board HMS Drake's Quarterdeck.
The Queen visited Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth last month for the first time in five years. All the ships at Devonport Naval Base will raise their flags to mark the event - which is known as 'dressing overall'.