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Warship to be commanded by a woman for the first time in Navy's 500-year history
Mail Online ^ | 8th August 2011

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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: greatbritain; hmsportland; militarywomen; royalnavy; uk
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HMS Portland is a Type-23 Frigate that can be used for 'total warfare'

1 posted on 08/08/2011 9:38:22 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I’d follow her...


2 posted on 08/08/2011 9:44:58 AM PDT by null and void (Day 928. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Blimey !


3 posted on 08/08/2011 9:45:10 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: null and void

Have you actually seen her behind?


4 posted on 08/08/2011 9:48:19 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (Prepare for Armageddon! Buy brass and lead!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Godspeed, Skipper!


5 posted on 08/08/2011 9:49:06 AM PDT by 1raider1
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To: CholeraJoe

One more comment like that and you’ll get a stern warning...


6 posted on 08/08/2011 9:49:28 AM PDT by null and void (Day 928. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

She must be impressive and not a token.


7 posted on 08/08/2011 9:49:42 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Soon to be the most feared on the seas as it will be renamed the PMS Portland - I’m just sayin!


8 posted on 08/08/2011 9:52:10 AM PDT by DaveyB (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. -John Adams)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Well, so long as she’s a lesbian, it’s okay.


9 posted on 08/08/2011 9:53:27 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Her initial training included stints on HMS Battleaxe...


10 posted on 08/08/2011 9:54:51 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Government borrowing is Taxation without Representation)
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To: null and void

Butt...sir...I do not understand.


11 posted on 08/08/2011 9:54:58 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (Prepare for Armageddon! Buy brass and lead!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

HMS Portland is seen here at dock, next to Harrods.


12 posted on 08/08/2011 9:56:11 AM PDT by frithguild (RINO's are more damaging than hard lefties.)
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To: CholeraJoe

Maybe a rear admiral could explain it to you...


13 posted on 08/08/2011 9:56:54 AM PDT by null and void (Day 928. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Your post juxtaposed with your screen name makes me say, WHAT?


14 posted on 08/08/2011 9:57:52 AM PDT by 1raider1
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Beware of women in command of warships.

CAPT. HOLLY GRAF, SKIPPER OF USS COWPENS (Cruiser), TAKEN
TO ADMIRAL’S MAST - FOUND GUILTY OF “CRUELTY
AND MALTREATMENT”.

http://www.militarycorruption.com/hollygraf.htm


15 posted on 08/08/2011 9:59:25 AM PDT by MCCC (The White House has turned the audacity of hope into the audacity of indifference)
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To: 1raider1

It was a joke. Sorry - I guess I should have put /s.


16 posted on 08/08/2011 10:03:03 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The cabin boy was pleased.


17 posted on 08/08/2011 10:04:31 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

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 Navy’s 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.)


18 posted on 08/08/2011 10:12:45 AM PDT by flowerplough (Pelosi on Republicans: "They want to destroy food safety, clean air, clean water, ...")
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Not Guilty.
19 posted on 08/08/2011 10:30:37 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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20 posted on 08/08/2011 10:32:51 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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