I have changed opinions in the diving world, people now see that it is ‘ability’ and not ‘gender’ that gets the job done.

Lieutenant Commander Catherine Ker

The Royal Navy’s family friendly policies range from generous maternity and paternity packages, a gradual return to work programme after maternity leave, wide support networks for parents and families and flexible working routines that offer career breaks, part-timeopportunities, home working and extended leave – all designed to support modern family life.

Catherine said: ‘The policies are there to support us.

"Military lifestyle will always be a consideration, especially if both parents are military, but changing perceptions about what women and mothers can – or can’t do - is something we can all do.

"I have changed opinions in the diving world, people now see that it is ‘ability’ and not ‘gender’ that gets the job done."

"There are amazing opportunities for women in the Navy. Being the first, ‘trailblazer’ and changing perceptions has had its challenges, but I know I have opened the door for the new generation of female divers.

"I’m pleased that a few female sailors have passed selection for diver training and we will see them diving in the Fleet over the next few years."

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