National Museum of the Royal Navy
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Anthea Larken joined the WRNS in 1956. During her early career she held a wide range of posts, including as Range Assessor and Photographic Interpreter. During her career she saw the WRNS go through many significant changes and was directly involved in a number of developments.
She was appointed Director WRNS 1988 – 1991. It was during this period that the WRNS went through one of its most significant changes. In October 1990 the first women joined the crew of a Royal Naval warship, HMS Brilliant.
Here she talks about the era before women went to sea, and how they felt this affected their careers in the Royal Navy.
Celebrate Women and the Royal Navy in our brand new exhibition, opening 18th February at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Commandant Anthea Larken CBE is the President of the Association of Wrens (Women of the Royal Naval Services)