In 1993 the Separate Women’s Royal Naval Service disbanded when women became fully integrated into the Royal Navy.

Amongst the veterans visiting was former Leading Wren Radio Operator Melissa Thompson (47) who had served in the WRNS from 1989 and transferred into the RN before retiring from service in 1995.

Melissa has donated a number of WRNS items to the displays in the exhibition. She was one of the first Wrens to go to sea.

There were also several men visiting the ship, two brothers whose mother served as a Dispatch rider between1943-1945 taking important naval signals between Cardiff Docks and London on her motorbike.  

After the tour of HMS Dauntless the group of veterans attended the Royal opening of the Women and the Navy exhibition and the official launch of WRNS100.

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