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First woman to command Royal Navy frigate takes helm | UK n

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posted on May, 25 2012 @ 03:25 PM
I say Jolly good ole Lass. What would Admiral Nelson think?

3 days ago ... Commander Sarah West, who has become the first woman in the Royal Navy's history to command a major warship. Photograph: Reuters ...

Four hundred and fifty years after the founding of the modern Royal Navy, a woman will take command of a major British warship on Tuesday for the first time. Women have captained smaller vessels, likesuch as minesweepers, but not the large frigates and destroyers, which are regarded as the bulwarks of the fleet. Breaking this significant glass ceiling is Commander Sarah West, who is taking charge of the modern Type 23-frigate, HMS Portland, currently in Rosyth.

edit on 5/25/2012 by longjohnbritches because: nelson

posted on May, 25 2012 @ 03:49 PM
That's awesome
Brings to mind "Captain Janeway" Good to see this happening.

posted on May, 25 2012 @ 04:08 PM
Yay! I hope that this sets a precedent for the other western nations. If a woman is the best qualified person available to command a ship then she should get the command. Meritocracy baby!

posted on May, 25 2012 @ 09:12 PM
reply to post by Mkoll

I hope she does well. These kind of commands are not awarded to slackers.
The training and qualifications are grueling and mentally challenging.
The competition is tough. Getting along with the established Lads will require real Steel
Good luck Commander.

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