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British aircraft carriers Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales have launched a plant-based menu for sailors in the Navy – following trials to ‘assess demand’.

The ships’ vegan options will include meat-free burgers, lentil lasagne, pasties, and falafel. Desserts include an apple pie served with dairy-free custard.

‘Nutritious diet’

According to the Mirror, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said: “Healthy living in the Armed Forces is of vital importance and we encourage a nutritious diet.”

It is reported that the MoD confirmed the six-week menu is now available on the two ships, and that plant-based meals will be introduced to the entire fleet.

Rejected

Last year, a vegan Navy hopeful had his application to join New Zealand’s Defence Force rejected over his ‘specific dietary requirements’.

Jack Burns, who formerly trained as a volunteer firefighter before applying to be in the Navy, said he was ‘very disappointed’ the NZDF couldn’t cater to him.

“I thought it was quite strange that they didn’t look at my personality or my skills. They just looked at what I ate,” Burns told Newshub.

“I have heaps more energy, I’m fit and strong… I am fit and healthy and it is proven through academic literature and vegan athletes that someone can not only be healthy on a vegan diet but can thrive.”