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Posted on Tuesday 30th October

After 34 years of active service, the longest serving female in the Royal Navy's history, Warrant Officer Class 1 Susan Morgan MBE, has officially retired, aged 52.

WO1 Morgan joined the Wrens in 1978, aged only 17, and served on 5 overseas postings and 3 ships as a Royal Navy Police Officer. She served in Northern Ireland and the Falklands among other places on ships including HMS Invincible and HMS Endurance.

Her final appointment was as the lead mediator and investigator for equality and inclusion issues at Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth. This pioneering work resulted in the award of an MBE in 2010.

WO1 Morgan said:

'I have had the most incredible career working with inspiring and amazing people. With a vocation of joining the Police, establishing a career which included travelling the world was a dream come true.

'Naturally in some aspects I will be sad to leave; however, I have been preparing for life outside for the last two years, receiving advice and bespoke resettlement courses, so I'm now looking forward to new challenges and the next chapter of running my own business.'

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The Women’s Royal Naval Service was formed in 1917 when the call was for volunteers to release a man for sea service. At the peak there was over 5,000 women serving in Britain and overseas, but efforts to maintain the service in peace time were unsuccessful, and it was to be 1939, when the Second World War threatened, before the Wrens were reformed. Theirs was a different and altogether more demanding role which involved the… Read more...


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