The formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service 100 years ago was a really important milestone in the employment of women within the Royal Navy.

Commodore Inga Kennedy RN

The exhibition celebrates women’s contribution to the Naval Service over the last 250 years.

Commodore Inga Kennedy, the most senior female officer in the Naval Service said: “The formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service 100 years ago was a really important milestone in the employment of women within the Royal Navy.

“Their achievements laid the foundations for the integrated naval service that we have today.

“We are delighted that HRH The Princess Royal was able to meet so many of our veterans and those still serving under very different conditions of service today.”

The Royal Navy is supporting a number of WRNS100 celebratory events including the unveiling of a Commemorative Stone in Portsmouth Cathedral in November and a London reception at the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich where Wrens served and trained for many years.

HRH The Princess Royal held the honorary position of Chief Commandant of the Women’s Royal Naval Service from 1974 until 1993.

The formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service in 1917 was an important milestone for the history of women and the Royal Navy.

The service allowed women to work in an official capacity in shore-based roles thus releasing men to work on the ships. The pioneering work of these women paved the way for women in the Royal Navy today.

In 1993 the WRNS were integrated into the Royal Navy, since integration The Princess Royal has held the position of Chief Commandant for Women in the Royal Navy.

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