Royal Navy appoints its first ever Muslim woman as honorary Captain


The Royal Navy has appointed its first ever Muslim woman as an honorary Captain, as the service looks at becoming more representative of modern Britain. 

Durdana Ansari, who moved from Pakistan 45 years ago, has previously been awarded an OBE by the Queen.

She was a special guest at Southampton radio station Awaaz FM earlier, to talk about why the Navy is a good career move.  

It comes as a drive has started to recruit more people aged between 16 and 35 from the black and asian community.

  • Durdana Ansari:

Honorary Captain Durdana Ansari said: "Usually in the ethnic community people are thinking about becoming a doctor or engineer and that's it.

"The Armed Forces is a rare career for them and I'm hoping people from the BAME community will see me as an Asian woman and it might inspire them."