Woman commander sets sail into history
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."
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.