WRNS 100

In 2017 the Naval Service will celebrate the centenary of the formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS). 

It will also recognise the supporting role given by the WRNS to the Naval Service and acknowledge the transition made by women from the separate WRNS into the Royal Navy, demonstrating the way in which the WRNS helped define the opportunities for women in today’s Royal Navy.

Throughout 2017 there will be various events marking the Centenary. The Royal Navy is supporting the WRNS100 Project Team (www.wrns100.co.uk) which comprises members of the Association of Wrens, the WRNS Benevolent Trust and the Dauntless Association.





Women in today's Royal Navy

Since the formation of the WRNS, with its original motto of ‘ Never at Sea’, life for Servicewomen has changed beyond all recognition.  

The past century has witnessed changes that the ladies of 1917 could only ever have dreamed about. No longer in a supporting role, today’s women of the Royal Navy serve alongside their male colleagues at sea, under the sea, in the air and on land. 

They have served in conflicts such as the first Gulf War, the Balkans, the 2003 Iraq War and, more recently, in Afghanistan.

The fundamental day-to-day role of the Royal Navy has not changed, but today the Service relies equally on the contribution of its men and its women, to protect our Nation’s interests.


WRNS 100 Exhibition launch



WRNS100 Celebration in London



WRNS 100 Commemoration Service Portsmouth Cathedral


Commemorative Appeal

Have you served in the Women's Royal Naval Service or any of the other Naval services? Or have your family or friends served?

If so, then now's your chance to support the WRNS100 Project with a donation towards the cost of a very special commemorative stone to be dedicated at a Centenary Celebratory Service in Portsmouth Cathedral on Saturday 4th November 2017. 

An excellent way to do this would be to donate £1 for every year of your service, or that of a relative or friend.

As a mark of our gratitude, your name will appear in the WRNS100 Commemorative Stone book which will be available to view at Portsmouth Cathedral.

If you would like to donate you can download the PDF here.

Help us celebrate, donate and be proud.

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