Mum from Portsmouth named Royal Navy's top female sailor for work helping families

A MUM has been hailed as the Royal Navy’s top female sailor for her work supporting families.

By Tom Cotterill
Friday, 12th March 2021, 4:06 pm
Updated Saturday, 13th March 2021, 1:39 pm
Pictured is Leading Writer Rebecca Fyans.
Pictured is Leading Writer Rebecca Fyans.

Inspirational Rebecca Fyans, of Portsmouth was hailed the Naval Servicewoman of the Year.

The Leading Writer was praised by the Senior Service for being a champion for families with disabled children, both inside the military and on ‘civvy street’.

Rebecca, whose son Sebby was born with Down’s syndrome in 2013, has been a stalwart disabilities campaigner in Portsmouth.

Over the past year the mother-of-two has taken on a new role, helping to set up a network for military families living with – all while serving in the navy.

The naval accolade comes after Rebecca was made an MBE last year for her commitment to disability and inclusion.

Other winners: LWtr Bethany Barnes and Surg Capt Elizabeth Crowson. Inspires Me award; Cdrs Jane Roe and Maryla Ingham, Outstanding Contribution; Surg Lt Cdr Louise McMenemy, Innovation Award; SLt Fleur Peoples and AB Erin Follett, Emerging Talent; WO1 Rosemary Dodd,2021’s Unsung Heroine.