International Women's Day: HMS Protector sailor pens letter to her veteran nan about life on board
A video detailing a crew member's letter to her veteran grandmother has been shared online by HMS Protector to celebrate International Women's Day.
The female member of the ship's team starts by telling her nan, who was a Royal Navy Wren, she is penning the letter from Antarctica.
She goes on to say she never thought she would "have an opportunity to serve at sea in Antarctica, an opportunity that was unheard of back in [her] days with the Wrens".
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"The thought of women at sea would send shivers up people's spines in those days and it just wasn't allowed, but how times have changed."
She goes on to say how there are women in every department of the ship – "engineering, catering, logistics, communications, medical, administration, warfare, executive, survey, even the captain is a woman".
"Did you ever think that would happen?" she asks.
"We are paid the same as the men and do the same jobs and I couldn't be more proud to be part of such a great group of women.
"And I know you would be proud of us too."