Servicemen sitting at desk with drawings of pin up women behind on wall behind them.
Regulations on pin-ups and pornography will be more widely enforced in the Navy (Picture: Getty)

Royal Navy sailors will no longer be able to watch pornography, even downloaded from the internet, or have explicit images by their beds.

The regulations have apparently been in place since before 2013 but are now being fully applied.

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They were reportedly brought in after female naval servicemen said that pornography on naval vessels left them feeling intimidated.

The increased enforcement follows a review into the accessibility of ‘sexually explicit magazines and pornographic films’ on board.

Reportedly bosses are concerned that some of our 29,000 sailors are picking up pornography online or in South America and the Caribbean.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Crew members of HMS Manchester stand on the deck as the ship takes part in a farewell visit to Liverpool berthing next to the famous Liver building on February 4, 2011 in Liverpool, England. The 30-year-old Type 42 destroyer is being decommissioned later this month. The ships crew will march through Manchester on Saturday for their final Freedom of the City parade. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Flying the flag – porn is reportedly being picked up on foreign tours by sailors (Picture: Getty)

Sailors are kept in line by the Royal Navy’s Queen Regulations which were updated ‘some time ago’ but have only now been implemented.

In a section entitled ‘Pin-ups and Pornography’ sailors are told: ‘Possession of films/videos and all forms of digital media (e.g DvDs, or downloads from the internet) that have been certified by the British Board of Film Censors is permitted.

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Women first went to the high seas in 1990 but previous pornography bans have been short term. A topless picture ban in 2004 was canned two months after it was introduced.

A Naval source told The Sun: ‘To be fair, this is part of the service coming into the 21st Century, being more inclusive and not offending women.

PORTSMOUTH, HAMPSHIRE/UK - NOVEMBER 2 : HMS Albion being towed into Portsmouth harbour Hampshire on November 2, 2012.; Shutterstock ID 197430644
One priest was horrified by access to porn on HMS Albion (Picture: Shutterstock)

‘But a lot of the lads are moaning about this because porn has been rife across the fleet for generations, and this is the result of a few people complaining.

‘They stopped the rum tot and reduced our alcohol allowance and have now banned porn.’

Rev Mark Sharpe quit the navy in 2006 after being told to ‘turn a blind eye’ to pornography available on HMS Albion and HMS Manchester.

LISBON, PORTUGAL - AUGUST 2013: Royal Navy Military ship the HMS Bulwark in the port of Lisbon, Portugal, in August 2013; Shutterstock ID 174188372
Women took the seas more than a decade ago and the Navy is ranked by Stonewall as a top 100 employer (Picture: Shutterstock)

He was apparently horrified by the prolific accessibility to pornography.

A Navy spokesman told Metro.co.uk: ‘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.’