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Royal Navy personnel banned from posting photos of food to social media

Published 18/04/2016

Queen Elizabeth II waves to British Royal Navy crew members performing a salute on the HMS Bulwark amphibious assault ship(Photo by Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II waves to British Royal Navy crew members performing a salute on the HMS Bulwark amphibious assault ship(Photo by Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images)

Naval personnel have been banned from taking photos and using social media to criticise food they are served, a Conservative former minister has said.

Tim Loughton told the Commons that servicemen and women based at HMS Sultan in Gosport and other naval sites are subject to the restrictions due to the level of complaints over the food.

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster pledged to investigate the concerns.

Tory Mr Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham) told Mr Lancaster: "Are you aware that the standard of food for the military at HMS Sultan and other similar naval establishments has become the source of such complaints that service personnel have been banned from taking photographs and using social media to critique it?

"What are you doing to make sure our servicemen and women are being properly looked after in such a basic area as food?"

Mr Lancaster replied: "Defence personnel are offered core meals covering breakfast, lunch and dinner with set calorific and nutritional standards, and this includes unlimited access to carbohydrates and vegetables."

The minister, a former soldier, said he has regularly sampled the food made available to the Armed Forces.

He added: "Personally I've not experienced a poor standard of food, however, the normal process is for there to be a complaint via the chain of command although I'm more than happy to look into the matter for my honourable friend."

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