The Royal Navy’s first ever female admiral said she has ‘never ever thought’ about being a woman in the services.
It has been revealed Commodore Jude Terry, 47, has been promoted to the rear admiral position as of next August.
She is the first woman to hold the title in the Royal Navy’s 500-year history.
She told the Daily Telegraph the Navy had ‘always allowed me to be Jude’, adding: ‘I’ve never ever thought about being female in the services.
‘If you deliver, you get the credit for it. If you don’t deliver, you have to redeem yourself.
‘Someone’s got to be first. There will be others.’
The Army and Royal Air Force already have women in the equivalent rank.
Commodore Terry was born in Jersey when her father was away at sea aboard HMS Tiger, and joined Britannia Royal Naval College in 1997.
She has spent a lot of her career on warships based in Plymouth, and has travelled to the Gulf, Middle East and the Caribbean.
She worked in west Africa to tackle the spread of ebola and was awarded an OBE in 2017 in recognition for her work in the Permanent Joint Headquarters, the operations hub for the UK military.
Commodore Terry said there was a plan to make the service ‘more representative of society as a whole’.
Currently women make up around 12% of nearly 30,000 members in the Royal Navy. This is expected to increase to 20% by 2030.
‘There’s been the odd moment when you turn up somewhere and there’s no female heads [toilets] and everybody gets a bit excited about it but you know that’s only on occasion,’ Commodore Terry said.
As part of her role as deputy director for personnel, she will manage plans to recruit more people from ethnic minorities.
Commodore Terry added the world has ‘changed considerably’ since she joined the Navy and that the armed forces will need to adapt.
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