we must never forget the pioneering women whose dedication, courage and skill made all this possible

Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff

“We now look forward to welcoming the first women into the general duties branch of the Royal Marines in the near future." continued Admiral Jones.

“However, we must never forget the pioneering women whose dedication, courage and skill made all this possible, and whose example remains a source of inspiration and pride within the Naval Service today.” he concluded.

The Women’s Royal Naval Service was initially commissioned on 29 November 1917 towards the end of the First World War under the leadership of Dame Katherine Furse.

Yesterday’s inspirational ‘Wrens’ led the way, forging a challenging path and breaking through gender barriers for the generations that followed.

No longer in a supporting role, women today are employed across the entire breadth of the Naval Service, making up 10% of all serving personnel.

2017 also marks the 25th Anniversary since women musicians were permitted to serve alongside their male counterparts in HM Royal Marines Band Service.

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