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‘Royal Navy keeps us locked out’

- Ship Building · Industries · Royal Navy · Royal Navy · Saint Vincent and the Grenadines · St. Vincent

COM­MON­WEALTH sailors are banned from parts of Royal Navy ships be­cause of se­cu­rity fears, sailors com­plained yes­ter­day.

Aaron Dick­son, 43, who has been in the Navy for 17 years, said the rules left many of his com­rades ‘em­bar­rassed and de­mor­alised’.

The petty of­fi­cer, who is from Saint Vin­cent in the Caribbean, said: ‘When it comes to equal­ity and di­ver­sity, that’s out of the win­dow straight away.

‘If you have 180 peo­ple serv­ing in a ship, do­ing the same job, you would think ev­ery­one would be al­lowed to go in ev­ery com­part­ment.’

The Royal Navy al­lows only Bri­tish ci­ti­zens into the oper­a­tions room and the se­cure in­for­ma­tion room on its ves­sels. That rules out Com­mon­wealth re­cruits even though they are trusted to fight.

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Petty of­fi­cer: Aaron Dick­son

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