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Royal Navy sailor named top armed forces chef

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 was presented with the award by Lieutenant Colonel Nigel Shepherd, Head of Defence Food Services at the Cost Sector Catering Ceremony in London. Credit: Royal Navy

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.

– Lieutenant Commander Neil Caswell, logistics officer, HMS Richmond

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.


Cornish Navy ship sent to help tackle European migrant crisis

RFA Mounts Bay Credit: Royal Navy

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.

RFA Mounts Bay from Falmouth will be joined by three Border Force boats Credit: Royal Navy

This migration crisis is the greatest challenge facing Europe today. Britain has not faced anywhere near the scale of migrants coming to Europe as other countries because we are out of Schengen and retain control of our borders. But where we can help, we should.

– David Cameron


Devonport gun salute for Queen's birthday

The Queen visited Devonport last month Credit: ITV News Westcountry

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'.

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