Ship’s biscuits go down well in navy fundraiser

TASTY TREATS Leading Physical Trainer Smokey Cole with the goodies
TASTY TREATS Leading Physical Trainer Smokey Cole with the goodies

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SAILORS from HMS Iron Duke have taken a break from sea trial preparations to hold a charity bake-off.

The competition on board the Portsmouth-based warship involved each mess deck providing sweet selections for judging and sale.

It raised £114 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity when the tasty treats were then taken on board other ships alongside in the naval base.

Leading Physical Trainer Smokey Cole said: ‘The Type 23 Frigate’s ship’s company showed that as well as being men of iron, they were also men of mouth-watering manna from heaven with their culinary cook-offs.

‘There were many delightful delicacies on offer, from banana cake and loaves, layered cakes, coffee and walnut cake, gingerbread biscuits and even the odd meat pie.

‘After much discussion and deliberation, the title of HMS Iron Duke’s great bake-off champion went to Leading Engineering Technician Lee Blease.’

HMS Iron Duke is nearing the end of a long period of refit and maintenance.

She is preparing for a deployment in the first half of 2014.

Her 180-strong crew will now spend the last few weeks before Christmas at sea conducting trials and training, including firing her small arms and putting the propulsion system through its paces.