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Sue Morgan

Name: Sue Morgan

Rank:  Master-at-Arms

When and why did you join the Navy?   

September 1978. I joined the Navy to see the world and to work as a Police Officer.

How many ships have you served on and what were their names?

HMS Invincible, HMS Endurance and RFA Argus. I have also served and lived in Gibraltar and Italy.

Where are you serving now?

Fleet Headquarters in Portsmouth.

What's your job at the moment?

I'm an Equal Opportunities Investigator.

What training or exams do you need to do your job?

Lots - too many to mention but it is very important that you have good communication skills so that you can talk to lots of different people.

How many people do you look after?

It really depends on how many cases we're investigating but a lot of my time is spent offering advice on the telephone.

What do you do on a typical day? 

I talk to very senior officers to give them an idea of what's happening. I also spend time interviewing people and then typing up reports on the things they say.

What's the best and the worst thing about being in the Navy?

The best thing is the people I work with - we all enjoy working together.  Visiting and working in many different countries is also exciting.

The worst thing is I’m not always able to go to my Mum and Dad's for Sunday Lunch!

What's the strangest place you've ever been with the Navy? 

A place called Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, with sharks, giant tree crabs and exotic spiders.

What’s the best place you have visited with the Navy? 

Antarctica with seals, penguins, dolphins and enormous icebergs to look at.  Although it was very cold we were issued special clothing and taught how to survive on the ice.  One of my jobs was to stand on the back of HMS Endurance and wave the helicopters on and off; this job is called a Flight Deck Officer.

What was your funniest or most interesting moment?   

There are lots of funny moments all the way through your career. I can remember talking to an RAF Officer thinking he was a Chaplain.  I was being very friendly and joking with him and then someone told me he was the Commanding Officer of the Falkland Islands! It’s important to know and understand how the Army and RAF work too because the Navy is working with them more and more.

Have you won any medals and if so, what for?  

Yes I have 4 medals which is unusual for a girl; the most important one to me is the one recognising my service in Northern Ireland in 1980.

What would you be doing if you weren't in the Navy? 

I would have tried to join the Police Force.

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