Recruits on an obstacle course at HMS Raleigh, Cornwall (Picture: Royal Navy).
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Royal Navy focuses on women as it increases training capacity at HMS Raleigh

Currently, one in six sailors passing out of HMS Raleigh is a woman, with the Navy looking to reach 25% female representation by 2025.

Recruits on an obstacle course at HMS Raleigh, Cornwall (Picture: Royal Navy).

The Royal Navy has increased its capacity to train female sailors at HMS Raleigh.

The capacity at the Navy's principal basic training facility in Cornwall has been boosted with dedicated accommodation for 120 women going through training at any one time, which can be doubled if needed.

Currently, one in six sailors passing out of Raleigh is a woman, with the service looking to reach 25% female representation in the service by 2025.

It comes after a campaign to improve gender balance in defence pledged the Armed Forces should have women making up 30% of its entry-level recruitment by 2030.

The Navy is growing by 3,000 sailors over the next three years – aiming for one in every four new recruits to be female by 2025.

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In November, 513 civilians underwent the transformation from civilians to naval personnel, with 88 women taking part in the training.

According to the Royal Navy, "around 60 civilians arrive at the gates of Raleigh" most Mondays and "five or six are women, but this autumn the figure has consistently been over a dozen".