BBC R4 - Woman's Hour - 26/3/18 - Interview With Captain Ellie Ablett, CO HMS Raleigh

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"It's 100 years since the first women were given the opportunity to join the British armed forces. Initially their roles were in cooking and mechanical work, but today they can take on the most senior roles and see active combat." BBC

BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour featured an interview today with Captain Ellie Ablett MBE, the Commanding Officer of HMS Raleigh.

Jane Garvey, the presenter, was speaking to three women who are currently serving in the Armed Forces: Captain Ablett, Lieutenant Colonel Amy Jones (an Intensive Care Consultant and Army Reservist) and Flight Sergeant Claire Bullen (RAF).

Among the questions which Jane Garvey put to Captain Ablett were:

What do you do at the moment, I know that you work at a training base, what does the base do?

Some of your recruits are really young, how young can they be?

Do you have a special responsibility to these very young people?

After the two women from the Army and RAF had spoken, Jane Garvey turned to Captain Ablett again and asked:

Listening to that, Ellie, your experience is somewhat different, isn't it?

Have you ever commanded a vessel?

Is your ambition to command a vessel?

How old are you?

Is it that you can't go to sea? What does that mean?

Are you sad about that?

(Have you encountered prejudice of any sort about your gender?)

How many women are there in the Navy above you?

Is morale reasonable at the moment?

When they leave you (recruits), are they likely to keep in touch?

Did you ever feel any resentment when on vessels?

You can hear what Captain Ablett said in response to these questions here - this section starts at about 17 minutes in.

(You will have to register on the BBC site, if you aren't already registered).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09wpmrs
 
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The official RN profile for Captain Ablett:


Captain E L Ablett MBE Royal Navy

The daughter of an RAF Officer, Captain Ellie Ablett read Modern History at Somerville College, Oxford and joined the Royal Navy in 1993, in the first wave of women joining a fully integrated service on the closure of the Women’s Royal Naval Service.

Following initial training which included experience of amphibious operations on board HMS Fearless, her early career ranged from providing executive support to Flag and Commanding Officers in Portsmouth Naval Base, HMS Neptune, the Defence Procurement Agency and the Maritime Warfare School to sea appointments in HMS Brave and HMS Edinburgh; she was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 2002.

Her first role in Professional Logistics Command was on board HMS Newcastle, and her second Command assignment followed in HMS Invincible as the ship prepared for the Trafalgar 200 celebrations. From 2005 she worked in the Ministry of Defence, responsible for developing the Naval Service’s pay, allowances and pensions policy. This was followed by an operational tour in Iraq in support of a 3-star General and UK personnel serving in Baghdad. Selected for the Advanced Command and Staff Course 2008-09, she achieved a Master of Arts in Defence Studies from King’s College London and awarded a Cormorant Fellowship for academic excellence. Thereafter she joined the Permanent Joint HQ in J5 Plans with responsibility for international partnerships and planning for the UK contribution to operations in Afghanistan.

2010 saw her promoted to Commander and appointed to Navy Command HQ as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander in Chief Fleet. This was followed by two years as the Logistics Branch Manager managing the delivery and impact of the Naval Service Redundancy Programme, Defence-wide change programmes, Mixed Manning in Submarines and the RN/RM Braiding initiative. Selected for Professional Command, she joined HMS Bulwark as Commander Logistics in Oct 13, leading her department through a deployment East of Suez, Tier 1 and Tier 2 Operational Sea Training and high profile events in support of RM 350 and the 70th anniversary of D Day. She joined the Naval Staff in July 2014 to take up her current appointment as Secretary to the First Sea Lord in the rank of Captain. In 2015 she was substantively promoted to Captain and then selected to Command HMS Raleigh with effect from September 2016.

A keen interest in promoting effective talent management and an inclusive culture across the organisation, she established a professional network for women in the Naval Service in 2013. She was awarded the MBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List.

Captain Ablett is married to Simon, a former Royal Navy Weapon Engineer Officer, who now runs his own outdoor sports coaching and guiding business from their home in the Brecon Beacons National Park. A keen sportswoman with a passion for mountain and road biking and stand-up paddleboarding, she enjoys any remaining spare time in her garden.
 
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The official RN profile for Captain Ablett:


Captain E L Ablett MBE Royal Navy

The daughter of an RAF Officer, Captain Ellie Ablett read Modern History at Somerville College, Oxford and joined the Royal Navy in 1993, in the first wave of women joining a fully integrated service on the closure of the Women’s Royal Naval Service.

Following initial training which included experience of amphibious operations on board HMS Fearless, her early career ranged from providing executive support to Flag and Commanding Officers in Portsmouth Naval Base, HMS Neptune, the Defence Procurement Agency and the Maritime Warfare School to sea appointments in HMS Brave and HMS Edinburgh; she was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 2002.

Her first role in Professional Logistics Command was on board HMS Newcastle, and her second Command assignment followed in HMS Invincible as the ship prepared for the Trafalgar 200 celebrations. From 2005 she worked in the Ministry of Defence, responsible for developing the Naval Service’s pay, allowances and pensions policy. This was followed by an operational tour in Iraq in support of a 3-star General and UK personnel serving in Baghdad. Selected for the Advanced Command and Staff Course 2008-09, she achieved a Master of Arts in Defence Studies from King’s College London and awarded a Cormorant Fellowship for academic excellence. Thereafter she joined the Permanent Joint HQ in J5 Plans with responsibility for international partnerships and planning for the UK contribution to operations in Afghanistan.

2010 saw her promoted to Commander and appointed to Navy Command HQ as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander in Chief Fleet. This was followed by two years as the Logistics Branch Manager managing the delivery and impact of the Naval Service Redundancy Programme, Defence-wide change programmes, Mixed Manning in Submarines and the RN/RM Braiding initiative. Selected for Professional Command, she joined HMS Bulwark as Commander Logistics in Oct 13, leading her department through a deployment East of Suez, Tier 1 and Tier 2 Operational Sea Training and high profile events in support of RM 350 and the 70th anniversary of D Day. She joined the Naval Staff in July 2014 to take up her current appointment as Secretary to the First Sea Lord in the rank of Captain. In 2015 she was substantively promoted to Captain and then selected to Command HMS Raleigh with effect from September 2016.

A keen interest in promoting effective talent management and an inclusive culture across the organisation, she established a professional network for women in the Naval Service in 2013. She was awarded the MBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List.

Captain Ablett is married to Simon, a former Royal Navy Weapon Engineer Officer, who now runs his own outdoor sports coaching and guiding business from their home in the Brecon Beacons National Park. A keen sportswoman with a passion for mountain and road biking and stand-up paddleboarding, she enjoys any remaining spare time in her garden.
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