Royal Marine prepares to set sail and rustle up scran on warship

Corporal Liam Eley''Picture:  LA(Phot) Stephen Johncock
Corporal Liam Eley''Picture: LA(Phot) Stephen Johncock
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  • Corporal Liam Eley makes history as he joins Portsmouth-based HMS Lancaster
  • Frigate heads for nine-month deployment across the Atlantic and Pacific
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THIS Royal Marine chef is cooking his way into the history books as he’s set to rustle up hot meals on the ocean waves rather than dry land.

Not since the Royal Marines were formed in 1664 has one of their chefs joined the crew of a Royal Navy warship to feed those on board.

It’s been tough at times to adjust to the Royal Navy chefs’ tempo and quality of output, but my ethos as a Royal Marine has taught me to just crack on with it

Corporal Liam Eley

But Corporal Liam Eley is about to change all that.

The 35-year-old, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, will join Portsmouth-based HMS Lancaster for her nine-month deployment across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans this month.

His chance to join a ship is due to the recent merger of chef branches in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

Royal Navy chefs have already worked with Royal Marines across the country and overseas but Cpl Eley is the first to switch the opposite way.

He said: ‘I feel proud to be the first Royal Marine chef to join the crew of a warship – it’s brilliant.

‘The language is different – the kitchen is called a galley on a ship.

‘But the biggest difference of course is that the galley moves in rough weather – and that takes a lot of getting used to.

‘But the camaraderie is great on board and I have the utmost respect for navy chefs – they set the highest standards and they work hard.

‘And the Royal Navy chefs have lots of other duties beyond cooking, such as first aid and firefighting.

‘But I’m really enjoying the variety.’

Cpl Eley, from Cardiff, joined the ship in January.

He added: ‘It’s been tough at times to adjust to the Royal Navy chefs’ tempo and quality of output, but my ethos as a Royal Marine has taught me to just crack on with it.’

His culinary delights are already going down well with his shipmates.

Fellow chef Ash Squires, 23, said: ‘He cooks a mean curry and is great to have around as he’s good company.

‘I’m looking forward to deploying with him.

‘He has brought a different working style into the galley and we are just about getting used to the Royal Marines’ humour.’