The Admiralty is now enforcing a ban on pornographic imagery aboard warships. Regulations have been in place since 2013 regarding the ban but after an amnesty period of adjustment is now being fully enforced. The new regulations prohibit pornographic images to be displayed anywhere on ship including above sailors bunks and they will also be prohibited from viewing pornography online.
The new regulations are coming in to force in respect of the increase in the number of women serving aboard Royal Navy ships. 1990 saw the first woman to serve on an operational warship namely HMS Brilliant F90. Since then the barrier of gender has been continually broken down with Commander Sarah West becoming the first female captain of a warship when she assumed command of HMS Portland in May 2012 and female crew serving on submarines from 2014.
However, there have been complaints made that female crewmembers have been intimidated by male attitudes towards pornography aboard ship. The matter has not been helped by a series of scandals that have shook the service to the point where it has been forced to act such as the recent case of Colin Fennell, an RN officer based at Portsmouth accused of raping a drunk girl and is currently standing trial at Plymouth Crown Court.
Commenting on the ban, a Royal Navy spokesman told the Metro news agency;
The Royal Navy makes sure that the work environment, whether ashore or at sea, is inclusive and appropriate and we’re proud to be recognised as a top 100 employer in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2017.