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Posted on 08/08/2011 9:38:13 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Warship to be commanded by a woman for the first time in Navy's 500-year history
By Daily Mail Reporter
Lieutenant Commander Sarah West is in charge of HMS Portland
A woman is to command a frontline warship for the first time in the history of the Royal Navy, it has emerged. Lieutenant Commander Sarah West, 39, is taking charge of HMS Portland - a 5,000-ton Type 23-Frigate which is prepared for 'total warfare'.
Women, who were first allowed to go to sea with the Navy in 1990, have until now only commanded small non-fighting ships.
Lt Cdr West is said to have won the role from male officers because of her 'leadership, confidence, moral courage, sound judgment and excellent people skills'.
The Ministry of Defence, who confirmed the appointment to Mail Online, says she will now have to undertake a commanding officer course to prepare for the role. Originally from Lincolnshire, the 39-year-old - who is single - studied Maths at the University of Herefordshire. She joined Britannia Royal Naval College in 1995 as a Warfare Officer. Her initial training included stints on HMS Battleaxe, HMS Sandown and HMS Sheffield which was deployed in the Gulf.
She went on to become the Principal Warfare Officer on HMS Cornwall in 2003 after further training and was involved in missions in the eastern Atlantic before moving on to HMS Norfolk a year later.
In 2006, the officer was appointed to the Commander Amphibious Taks Group as the under-water warfare specialist which including planning and carrying out exercises around the world including a NATO Reaction Force.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2023674/Warship-commanded-woman-time-Navys-500-year-history.html#ixzz1USGfzmOE
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HMS Portland is a Type-23 Frigate that can be used for 'total warfare'
I’d follow her...
Have you actually seen her behind?
One more comment like that and you’ll get a stern warning...
She must be impressive and not a token.
Soon to be the most feared on the seas as it will be renamed the PMS Portland - I’m just sayin!
Well, so long as she’s a lesbian, it’s okay.
Her initial training included stints on HMS Battleaxe...
Butt...sir...I do not understand.
HMS Portland is seen here at dock, next to Harrods.
Maybe a rear admiral could explain it to you...
Your post juxtaposed with your screen name makes me say, WHAT?
Beware of women in command of warships.
CAPT. HOLLY GRAF, SKIPPER OF USS COWPENS (Cruiser), TAKEN
TO ADMIRAL’S MAST - FOUND GUILTY OF “CRUELTY
It was a joke. Sorry - I guess I should have put /s.
The cabin boy was pleased.
first allowed to go to sea with the Navy in 1990?
“On 20 November 2003 more than 100 men and women gathered at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., for a symposium titled, “Women at Sea: 25 Years and Counting.” Cosponsored by the Surface Navy Association, the Naval Historical Foundation, and the Naval Historical Center and followed by a reception hosted by the Alliance for National Defense, the event celebrated the 25th anniversary of integrating Navy women into the fleet, which began with implementation of the “Women in Ships” program in November 1978.”
Women at Sea: ‘It’s All about Leadership’
By Lori Lyn Bogle
Proceedings, March 2004
(Me brudder, on an LST and a destroyer tender in the 80s, saw his ship/shore rotation go from 3 years/3 years to 5 years/1 year because the Navys machine shop women at sea usually got as pregnant as possible as early into their first cruise as possible to get mandated a shore berth for to facilitate the impending birth.)