Olympian given taste of navy life
OLYMPIC gold medallist Dame Mary Peters was given a taste of life in the Senior Service in preparation for her new role as an honorary captain in the Royal Naval Reserves.
Dame Mary was one of four newly appointed RNR and Royal Marine Reserve honorary officers who visited Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.
Dame Mary, who won a gold medal for Great Britain in the 1972 Olympics, said: "Coming to the college and seeing all the history from Nelson onwards makes it all amazing.
"I've no history of the Royal Navy in my family but I'll be proud to wear the uniform and carry out my duties."
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The Secretary of State for Defence announced this summer that the United Kingdom's Reserve Forces will in future have a greater role and will be more integrated with the regular component of the Armed Forces.
This will require an increase in size and change in the nature of the reserve role. An additional £1.8billion is being invested in the Reserve Forces over the next 10 years.
Commodore Gareth Derrick, commander maritime reserves, said: "Honorary officers are a notable array of people from a broad spectrum of society, including industry, sport and charitable organisations."
There are 25 honorary Royal Navy Reservist officers, including adventurer Bear Grylls.