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The Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS), more commonly known as the Wrens, was formed in 1917 when the Royal Navy faced a shortage of men during the First World War.

It was disbanded in 1919 before being revived at the beginning of the Second World War. By 1993 the Wrens were fully integrated with the Royal Navy and ceased to exist as a separate service.

In this special Forces Radio BFBS programme, we take a look at its humble beginnings right up to today’s Royal Navy.

Helen Reilly, who was a Wren from 1981 for nine years, talks to veterans of the Women’s Royal Naval Service and Royal Navy about their experiences as well as the tributes and celebrations planned for #WRNS100.

People around the world celebrated 100 years since the formation of the Women's Royal Naval Service on social media by using hashtag #WRNS100.

Cover Photo Credit: © IWM (Q 19640)