In the navy? She"s not any more: Force"s longest serving woman retires following a 34-year career

In the navy She's not any more: Force's longest serving woman retires following a 34-year career

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16:18 GMT, 29 October 2012

The longest-serving woman in the history of the Royal Navy has retired from active service following a 34-year career.

Warrant Officer First Class Susan Morgan joined the Wrens at the age of 17 in 1978, serving on five overseas postings and three ships as a Royal Navy police officer.

Now retiring at 52, her last appointment was lead mediator and investigator for equality and inclusion issues at the Royal Navy command headquarters in Portsmouth, Hampshire, for which she was awarded the MBE in 2010.

Susan Morgan is the longest-serving woman in the history of the Royal Navy

Susan Morgan is the longest-serving woman in the history of the Royal Navy

The London-born sailor, who was educated in East Malling, Kent, and Manchester, but who now lives in Lee-on-the-Solent, said: 'I have had the most incredible career working with inspiring and amazing people.

'With a vocation of joining the police, establishing a career which included travellling the world was a dream come true.

Susan joined the Wrens at the age of 17 in 1978 and is now retiring aged 52

Susan joined the Wrens at the age of 17 in 1978 and is now retiring aged 52

'Naturally in some aspects I will be sad to leave; however, I have been preparing for life outside for the last two years, receiving advice and bespoke resettlement courses, so I'm now looking forward to new challenges and the next chapter of running my own business.'

Susan Morgan (2nd right) on her overseas posting to Diego Garcia with her sniffer dog Ben who was trained to find narcotics

Susan Morgan (2nd right) on her overseas posting to Diego Garcia with her sniffer dog Ben who was trained to find narcotics

Warrant Officer Susan Morgan after her passing out parade at HMS Dauntless

Susan Morgan aboard HMS Endurance where her secondary duty was as a Flight Deck Officer

The Warrant Officer after her passing out parade at HMS Dauntless (left) and aboard HMS Endurance where her secondary duty was as a Flight Deck Officer