Captain Oakley, 49, added that when she joined the Navy, no such program was in place for bra adjustments. She now makes a point of writing to the younger girls before they arrive, telling them to “settle before you get here, because when you get here, you’re going to be pretty busy. So go ahead and do it”.

“I show them that we are investing in them, that we want their training to be a success and that we want all the little obstacles to be removed as quickly as possible.”

When asked if the captains would back Penny Mordaunt in the Tory leadership race, given her background as Defense Secretary and her status as an Honorary Navy Captain, Captain Jo Deakin, 49 who took command of HMS Sultan at Gosport as the first female commanding officer of the center in June, hinted at their preference.

“We celebrate anyone in the Royal Navy who is successful and for us to celebrate a woman who is perhaps that successful would be fantastic,” she said.

Captain Catherine Jordan, of HMS Collingwood, added: “From a Royal Navy perspective, having someone who has previously served as Secretary of State for Defense is a real advantage.

Captain Jordan, 47, stressed the importance for the next leader to have “a little more knowledge about the military” given the threats posed by Russia and China.

It is the war in Ukraine that is on the minds of all the military right now and has highlighted why “it is important to invest in the future of defence”.

“The navy is always ready to fight”

If the Navy was called upon to fight against Russia, the captains are confident.

“We are a ready Royal Navy,” added Captain Jordan. “So whether in Russia or elsewhere, we have always been ready.”

The responsibility entrusted to these four captains and what this means for women in the Navy in the future is important, especially as the Navy strives to recruit more women.

Earlier this year, Rear Admiral Jude Terry became the Senior Service’s first-ever female Admiral, assuming the role of Director of Personnel and Training and Secretary of the Navy, while in April he was It was announced that Captain Milly Ingham had become the first female captain. to command one of the Navy’s ships, HMS Protector. But there is always more to do.

Captain Nielsen, 46, added: “While we continue to build on this positive momentum of recruiting many more women, we are still going to be in the minority to some degree and so the job is to ask ‘how can we we empower these women, how can we put them at ease, how can they give birth? »

As for making history in their roles in the Royal Navy, Captain Deakin said: “It’s a nice coincidence, but it’s a moment in time, not the moment in time.”

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