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Royal Navy's first female admiral takes command

A Jersey woman has became the Royal Navy's first female admiral.

Jude Terry, 48, takes the helm as Director of People and Training and Naval Secretary after nearly 25 years' service.

Rear Adm Terry is responsible for more than 40,000 regular and reservist sailors, Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary staff and civil servants.

She said being a woman was irrelevant to her post and rank and that "someone has to be first".

"The world has changed in terms of what people want from life and careers, whatever their gender, and the navy needs to work to modernise our organisation to support this change - a diverse and inclusive workforce is a better place for all but is also proven to deliver better outcomes," Rear Adm Terry said.

First Sea Lord, Adm Sir Ben Key said Rear Adm Terry was "a great example of all the amazing women serving today. and a role model for all who serve and those who follow".

She took the reins of her department from her predecessor Rear Adm Phil Hally following a ceremony aboard HMS Victory in Portsmouth.


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