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Woman of war: First female skipper of a warship in Navy's 500-year history takes charge
Mirror (UK) ^ | May 22, 2012 | Chris Hughes

Posted on 05/24/2012 4:35:56 PM PDT by QT3.14

A woman yesterday took command of a frontline warship for the first time in the Navy’s 500-year history.

Commander Sarah West, 40, is now in sole control of HMS Portland, a Type 23 frigate and its mostly male crew of 185.

(Excerpt) Read more at mirror.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: female; military; navy; sarahwest; uk
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1 posted on 05/24/2012 4:36:08 PM PDT by QT3.14
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To: QT3.14
Nope, sorry.

I just cannot condone women in a miliraty role.

2 posted on 05/24/2012 4:38:09 PM PDT by Copenhagen Smile
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To: QT3.14
Babes at sea.

Not guilty.

3 posted on 05/24/2012 4:38:46 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: QT3.14; Lazamataz

Yo, Laz,

Pics at link.

How about women in (or removed from) uniform....... ?


4 posted on 05/24/2012 4:39:47 PM PDT by MindBender26 (America can survive 4 years of Romney. She cannot survive another 4 years of an unfettered Obama!)
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To: QT3.14

NOT GUILTY!!!

ALLLLL ABBBOOOOOAAAARRRDDDD!!!!!


5 posted on 05/24/2012 4:40:27 PM PDT by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: QT3.14
Reminds me of a comment by Winston Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty:

Admiral: "Sir consider the traditions of the Royal Navy"

Churchill: "The traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash"

6 posted on 05/24/2012 4:40:39 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Copenhagen Smile

Knew a dyke hospital WAC in RVN.

Tough as nails, a great shot, brown belt, NRA member, and seemingly on permanent PMS.

Would have LRRPed with her anytime.


7 posted on 05/24/2012 4:42:36 PM PDT by MindBender26 (America can survive 4 years of Romney. She cannot survive another 4 years of an unfettered Obama!)
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To: QT3.14

In a related article,

“Experts claim women are fatter nowadays because they do less housework “

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/women-are-fatter-because-they-do-less-housework-846757


8 posted on 05/24/2012 4:43:44 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

Just think, a Lesbo Captain on an all male ship. LOL


9 posted on 05/24/2012 4:46:15 PM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh
Not guilty?

Never mind beer goggles...I think you've got vodka goggles on, at least!

10 posted on 05/24/2012 4:47:45 PM PDT by Copenhagen Smile
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To: Copenhagen Smile

Haven’t you been watching TV lately. Everybody knows that a 100lb petite female can totally kick the ass of, out shoot, out think, out run and certainly out talk any 6”3” 250 lb dude on the planet. Its only smart to put out fate in their hands....


11 posted on 05/24/2012 4:56:40 PM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: QT3.14

Truly a very sad day in naval history. Anyone who’s proud of this is to be pitied.

If we had a president (and therefore commander in chief) with any stones, he’d stop this disgusting PC move instantly. But since we don’t have a president (and haven’t had one since Bush), I guess they feel they can do what they want.

Who’s in charge?


12 posted on 05/24/2012 5:01:38 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Copenhagen Smile

It would be interesting to compare the ship’s readiness and performance before and after a female CO...such comparison’s are not allowed in the US Navy...too politically incorrect.

BTW, EVERY US Navy seagoing vessel that has allowed women to serve onboard has experienced 30-40% pregnancy rates. This has severe consequences both fiscally and on crew morale. Pregnant women are immediately transferred to a shore billet and have to be replaced. This results in fewer shore billets available to men. Ultimately more good male sailors will not re-enlist, and they in turn will have to be replaced, costing even more money.

The question I always ask is this: How does allowing women to serve in these positions actually improve military war fighting readiness? The answer is that it does not. It’s only done for political correctness.


13 posted on 05/24/2012 5:02:05 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: anyone

Congrats to this sea warrior.


14 posted on 05/24/2012 5:04:42 PM PDT by guido911 (Islamic terrorists are members http://www.freerepublic.com/foof the "ROP", the "religion of pu*&ies")
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To: laweeks

This is a British vessel. HMS = His/Her Majesty’s Ship.

I say good for Britain, they were hurtling in that direction. So let them perform the social experiment of a captain they call ma’am on a coed ship. And let’s hear the stories.

None of this is in the US Navy. Yet.

Maybe there ought to be an all-femme ship. The USS PMS???


15 posted on 05/24/2012 5:09:10 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou, let me ABOs run loose! They are of much use Lou, so let me ABOs run loose)
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To: guido911

Warriette? Warrienne? Warrix?


16 posted on 05/24/2012 5:10:44 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou, let me ABOs run loose! They are of much use Lou, so let me ABOs run loose)
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To: Copenhagen Smile

I dunno, that first pic looked nice, especially the eyes.


17 posted on 05/24/2012 5:43:22 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: QT3.14

Computer. Locate Captain Janeway.

Captain Janeway is on the bridge...


18 posted on 05/24/2012 5:45:10 PM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: QT3.14

My eyes must be going — I originally read words 6 & 7 differently....


19 posted on 05/24/2012 5:45:35 PM PDT by mikrofon (It wasn't "skipper" ;)
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To: QT3.14
What was the first thing that popped into your head?

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20 posted on 05/24/2012 5:47:56 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank. - Montgomery Scott)
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To: QT3.14

Is it true this ship is being painted pink? /s


21 posted on 05/24/2012 5:51:46 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: laweeks

You are Biden


22 posted on 05/24/2012 5:51:46 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“None of this is in the US Navy. Yet.”

Come on man, where you been? Ya didn’t read about
CAPT Holly Graf?


23 posted on 05/24/2012 5:52:32 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: QT3.14

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-18158980

24 posted on 05/24/2012 5:53:53 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Holly Graf


25 posted on 05/24/2012 5:54:07 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy
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To: HiTech RedNeck

All female ship. That would called a tuna boat.


26 posted on 05/24/2012 5:54:22 PM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

All female ship. That would be called a tuna boat.


27 posted on 05/24/2012 5:54:47 PM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: laweeks

This woman has earned this command.

Whats your naval experience, Nelson?.


28 posted on 05/24/2012 5:54:46 PM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: laweeks

This woman has earned this command.

Whats your naval experience, Nelson?.


29 posted on 05/24/2012 5:55:01 PM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: wxgesr

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holly_Graf


30 posted on 05/24/2012 5:55:51 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: Copenhagen Smile
I just cannot condone women in a miliraty role.

Somehow the name Lt. Grace Hopper comes to mind.

31 posted on 05/24/2012 6:02:46 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: rawhide
The first pink US navy vessel was WWII era submarine.

USS Sea Tiger

Lieutenant Commander Matthew T. "Matt" Sherman, USN


32 posted on 05/24/2012 6:02:46 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Entropy isn't what it used to be)
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To: QT3.14

On this date (May 24) 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank the British battle cruiser HMS Hood in the North Atlantic, killing all but three (3) of the 1,418 men on board.


33 posted on 05/24/2012 6:04:54 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: MindBender26

I knew a guy whose father was a company commander of a German unit during the battle of Berlin in WWII.

He took a slaughterhouse in East Berlin defended by a Russian WOMEN’S BRIGADE of infantry.

The Russian women had hung their German prisoners up on the meathooks ALIVE.

His father’s comment, “Women make fine infantry. You just have to find the right women.”


34 posted on 05/24/2012 6:14:20 PM PDT by darth
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To: MindBender26

I knew a guy whose father was a company commander of a German unit during the battle of Berlin in WWII.

He took a slaughterhouse in East Berlin defended by a Russian WOMEN’S BRIGADE of infantry.

The Russian women had hung their German prisoners up on the meathooks ALIVE.

His father’s comment, “Women make fine infantry. You just have to find the right women.”


35 posted on 05/24/2012 6:14:44 PM PDT by darth
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To: QT3.14

I could salute her, where it not for the prostate surgery.


36 posted on 05/24/2012 6:15:59 PM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Maybe the horse will learn to sing)
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To: rottndog
BTW, EVERY US Navy seagoing vessel that has allowed women to serve onboard has experienced 30-40% pregnancy rates.

Liberals like to pretend that sex won't happen, then they pretend that it doesn't matter if it does happen, then they pretend the baby doesn't matter and can be tossed out with the garbage (which has become a rite of passage for liberal women).

Reminds me of the fellow who told Mark Steyn that we could afford to be stupid (fiscally). People who think that way wind up finding they vastly underestimated the price of stupid.

37 posted on 05/24/2012 6:17:35 PM PDT by hopespringseternal
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To: ThomasThomas

Operation Petticoat?


38 posted on 05/24/2012 6:21:30 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

There is some historical facts in the movie.


39 posted on 05/24/2012 6:52:19 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Entropy isn't what it used to be)
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40 posted on 05/24/2012 7:25:05 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: QT3.14
Just wow, that is great!

My only concern is PMS, it is deleterious when it is PMS and a hand gun...

But PMS and a Battle Ship.. Could get down right dicey!

Just sayin!

41 posted on 05/24/2012 7:42:29 PM PDT by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” TJ.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I might remind you that the Concordia was captained by some guy who held himself out to be Captain Stud Hunk and abandoned his ship and passengers as soon as he could.


42 posted on 05/24/2012 8:00:53 PM PDT by MindBender26 (America can survive 4 years of Romney. She cannot survive another 4 years of an unfettered Obama!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I might remind you that the Concordia was captained by some guy who held himself out to be Captain Stud Hunk and abandoned his ship and passengers as soon as he could.


43 posted on 05/24/2012 8:06:50 PM PDT by MindBender26 (America can survive 4 years of Romney. She cannot survive another 4 years of an unfettered Obama!)
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To: Copenhagen Smile

Check out the USAF pilot, radio call “Killer Chick”

Major Kim Reed-Campbell (born June 6, 1975 in Honolulu, Hawaii)[1] is an officer and Senior Pilot in the U.S. Air Force. She was decorated for piloting her A-10 Thunderbolt II back to base in southern Iraq after taking heavy anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) damage in aerial combat over Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Daughter of the mayor of San Jose (and former USAF Captain) Chuck Reed, Campbell joined the Civil Air Patrol as a cadet at age 13 and made her first solo flight in a civilian aircraft over San Jose at age 16.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy in 1997 where she was the cadet wing commander, as was her father during his time at the academy, the first time that had happened.[2] She holds a degree in International Security Studies from the University of Reading, United Kingdom, and a Masters in Business Administration from Imperial College London, England, which she undertook while on a Marshall Scholarship.

After her tour of duty in Iraq ended, Campbell gave lectures throughout the United States about her experience, including one at the National Air and Space Museum. Kim Campbell attained the rank of Major in the autumn of 2006. She is married to another A-10 pilot, Major Scott Campbell, whom she met at the Air Force Academy.

She was flying a mission over Baghdad on 7 April 2003. “We did our job with the guys there on the ground, and as we were on our way out is when I felt the jet get hit. It was pretty obvious — it was loud... I lost all hydraulics instantaneously, and the jet rolled left and pointed toward the ground, which was an uncomfortable feeling over Baghdad. It didn’t respond to any of my control inputs.” She tried several procedures to get the aircraft under control, none of which worked; last, she put the plane into manual reversion, meaning she was flying the aircraft without hydraulics. The aircraft immediately responded. “The jet started climbing away from the ground, which was a good feeling because there was no way I wanted to eject over Baghdad.” With some technical advice from her flight leader, Lieutenant Colonel Turner, she flew the injured plane for an hour back to the air base. “The jet was performing exceptionally well. I had no doubt in my mind I was going to land that airplane.” Landing was tricky: “When you lose all the hydraulics, you don’t have speed brakes, you don’t have brakes, and you don’t have steering

Kim Campbell’s A-10 suffered extensive damage.For this action in aerial combat she was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross

On the ground it was discovered that her A-10 had sustained damage to one engine and to the redundant hydraulic systems, disabling the flight controls, landing gear and brakes, and horizontal stabilizer. A detailed inspection revealed hundreds of holes in the airframe and that large sections of the stabilizer and hydraulic controls were missing

“She’s one of the few pilots who ever landed the A-10 in the manual mode,” said General Richard Myers, USAF, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


44 posted on 05/24/2012 8:10:32 PM PDT by MindBender26 (America can survive 4 years of Romney. She cannot survive another 4 years of an unfettered Obama!)
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To: wxgesr

The first and only? Cashiered out under questionable circumstances?


45 posted on 05/24/2012 8:15:41 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou, let me ABOs run loose! They are of much use Lou, so let me ABOs run loose)
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To: laweeks

It’s OK to read the story before posting.


46 posted on 05/24/2012 8:22:36 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (I made a prank call...pretended I was a mime.)
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To: MindBender26
I might remind you that the Concordia was captained by some guy who held himself out to be Captain Stud Hunk and abandoned his ship and passengers as soon as he could.

Thank you for saying what I would have posted had you not posted it first. ; )

47 posted on 05/24/2012 8:28:39 PM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: QT3.14

I’m amazed! I thought the UK didn’t have a navy anymore and was content with a token force for coast guard duties.


48 posted on 05/24/2012 8:49:41 PM PDT by Tai_Chung
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To: ThomasThomas

LOLOLOL Wrong thread....we’re not talking about “gays in the military” are we?


49 posted on 05/24/2012 9:15:27 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; All
This is a British vessel. HMS = His/Her Majesty’s Ship.

PMS [Name of ship]?

None of this is in the US Navy. Yet.

You’re way behind times!


50 posted on 05/24/2012 9:32:30 PM PDT by QT3.14 (Never Argue With A LIBERAL...They Will Drag You Down To Their Level, Then Beat You With Experience!)
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