LONDON – Four hundred and fifty years after the founding of the modern British Royal Navy, a woman has taken command of a major British warship for the first time.
NDJ World | Published: May 23 2012 Europe→World News
British women have captained smaller vessels, such as minesweepers, but not the large frigates and destroyers. Breaking this significant glass ceiling is Commander Sarah West, who is taking charge of HMS Portland.The Royal Navy described it as a historic moment, one that may help to encourage more women to consider a career in the armed forces, where the gender imbalance is more than 10 to one.
Commander West, 40, was trained as a warfare officer and has spent time in the Persian Gulf.
She said being appointed to command a frigate was “the highlight of my 16 years in the navy so far”.
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