Senior Royal Navy officer Jude Terry has taken command as the first female admiral in the Royal Navy’s history.
After 25 years’ service, Jude Terry takes the helm as Director of People and Training and Naval Secretary.
That makes the Rear Admiral responsible not only for more than 40,000 regular and reservist sailors and Royal Marines, but also the Royal Fleet Auxiliary – who operate the Navy’s crucial support ships – plus civil servants and contractors.
She took the reins of her department from her predecessor Rear Admiral Phil Hally following a ceremony aboard HMS Victory in Portsmouth.
Rear Admiral Terry said.
“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,”
“I look forward to leading my team in supporting them, using modern approaches, helping us all to be the best we can be, and building on the work already done by my predecessor.”
She went on to say…
“Someone has to be the first,” and the fact that she is a woman is irrelevant to her post and rank. “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.”
First Sea Lord Admiral Ben Key added Admiral Terry is
“a great example of all the amazing women serving today – and a role model for all who serve and those who follow.”
Read more about Admiral Terry here
Image: Commodore Terry in front of HMS Victory in 2021 –
LPhot Ben Corbett – royalnavy.mod.uk – OGL 3