On Friday 20 May, the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC hosted the formal launch of a new strategy and website for the Naval Families Federation at Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth.

More than 500 Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel attended, as well as Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, to show support for Royal Navy and Royal Marines’ families.

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Personnel and Veterans, Mark Lancaster, sent his own message of support:

"Operating successfully both at home and at sea requires incredible teamwork – a key characteristic of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines; and whilst everybody must play their part, we are particularly conscious of the support provided by families.

"The Naval Families Federation helps ensure that families are fully part of that team; offering support and trusted advice, not only to sailors, marines and their families, but also to the chain of command and policy makers. They give a voice to the wider ‘Naval Service family’ and I am delighted that we have such an organisation, led by Anna Wright, that provides clear benefit to both the Naval community and Defence."

“Families must continue to have a voice”, First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB AD

The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC said: "My door is always open to the Naval Families Federation. They have a huge amount to contribute, and I want everyone here in NCHQ to make use of their insight too. Families must continue to have a voice as we move forward. We want them to believe in the Royal Navy’s future and to believe that their place in this future is equally bright. And with the help of the Naval Families Federation, we can ensure life in the Navy is as a good as it can be for everyone.”

"Families must continue to have a voice as we move forward. We want them to believe in the Royal Navy’s future and to believe that their place in this future is equally bright. And with the help of the Naval Families Federation, we can ensure life in the Navy is as a good as it can be for everyone."