Sheffield trainee chef sails through her Royal Navy training

Lana Marhsall, aged 17
Lana Marhsall, aged 17
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A teenager from Sheffield has sailed through her training to become the latest Royal Navy recruit.

Trainee chef Lana Marshall, aged 17, was not content with staying in the kitchen, and undertook a series of physical and mental challenges during her training including handling an SA80 assault rifle, marching, fitness sessions and how to tackle floods and fires at sea.

Lana, a former Notre Dame Catholic High School pupil, went on an intensive 10-week training course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.

She said: “I joined the Royal Navy because I wanted to be independent, to travel, meet new people and for the career opportunities. Although the training has been challenging, it has been enjoyable and given me the values I need to perform to a high standard throughout my naval career.”

The Royal Navy’s Initial Naval Training course is underpinned by nine Core Maritime Skills that are the foundations of naval life.

Recruits are taught the basics of Naval discipline and customs, and they learn about navigation and are given the chance to take the helm of their own medium-sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise.

Royal Navy personnel can also be called upon to play a role in land-based operations alongside the army and other military, so recruits like Lana undergo training in basic combat skills which includes survival in the field.

After completing the first phase of her training, Lana will now transfer to the Defence Maritime Logistics School, which is also within HMS Raleigh.

During a 26-week course, she will learn how to cook meals for hundreds of people as well as fine dining cuisine and learn to become a vital part of some immense warships.

Once fully qualified she will join a team who make sure the ship’s company receive three nutritious meals a day and could be cooking for up to a 1,000 people depending on the class of ship to which she is assigned.

Lana will also study food hygiene, health and safety, catering accountancy and stock control, and she will also have to undertake a strict military-standard fitness regime.