The sailors of HMS Iron Duke turned chef for a day for the ‘Great Iron Duke Bake Off’ Charity Cake Competition, raising over £100.

The competition, held on board the Portsmouth-based warship, involved each mess-deck providing one or more sweet selections for judging before being sold around the ship and the wider naval dockyard. The subsequent charity sale netted £114 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charities (RNRMC).

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 cookoffs.  LPT ‘Smokey’ Cole, the Ship’s Physical Trainer (who we’re informed “loves a bit of cake”), chose to turn a blind eye to the sugary treats on offer and encouraged each mess deck to frantically search for baking ingredients, accessories and cook-books, in order to raise money for the RNRMC.

There were many delightful delicacies on offer at the event, including Banana Cake and loaves, Layered Cakes, Coffee and Walnut cake, Ginger Bread Biscuits and even the odd Meat Pie.

HMS Iron Duke’s Commanding Officer, Commander Tom Tredray, had the near-impossible task of choosing the winner of the competition. After much discussion and deliberation, the title of ‘HMS Iron Duke Great Bake Off Champion’ went to Leading Engineering Technician Lee Blease. Modest to the end, LET Blease thanked his mum who, with his inspired guidance, managed to pull off a magnificently decorated HMS Iron Duke Sponge Cake.