Monday 18 December 2017

Woman commander sets sail into history

Commander
Sarah West, who
takes up her new
post today, is the
first woman in
the history of the
British navy to
command a
major warship
Commander Sarah West, who takes up her new post today, is the first woman in the history of the British navy to command a major warship

Christine Lavelle

THE first woman commander of a major British Royal Navy warship is taking up her post today.

Commander Sarah West (40) joins Type 23 frigate HMS Portland in Fife, Scotland.

Cmdr West said: "Taking command of HMS Portland is definitely the highlight of my 16 years in the RN (Royal Navy) so far. It is a challenge that I am fully trained for and ready to undertake.

"I am very proud to be taking command of a Type 23 frigate, which is an extremely flexible warship, and I'm looking forward to taking HMS Portland on operations with a professional and focused team."

Squadron

In another milestone for the British Royal Navy, Commander Sue Moore (43) recently became the first woman to command a squadron of minor war vessels, the First Patrol Boat Squadron (1PBS), based in Portsmouth, England.

Cmdr Moore, from Bath, England, and Cmdr West have a combined 36 years of experience. The pair have been described as being part of a "cohort of talented female officers" in the British Royal Navy who are now undertaking or approaching key appointments in their naval careers.

Irish Independent

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