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Royal Navy: Size and Capability

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th January 2017.

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Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence 12:00 am, 30th January 2017

I can confirm that as of 1 October 2016, some 9% of the naval service strength was female—the departmental recruitment target is 15% by 2020. The Royal Navy has a number of initiatives to encourage recruitment and address the retention of female officers, including having more focused career management and increased access to flexible ways of working.