Royal Navy appoints first woman warship commander

10 Aug

This is a woman making headway and headlines in a man’s world: Lieutenant Commander Sarah West has been appointed the first woman to command a warship in the Royal Navy’s 500-year history.

She will take command of the frigate HMS Portland in 2012, and was reportedly given the promotion for her “leadership, confidence, moral courage, sound judgement and excellent people skills”.

This is no mean feat, given that the Royal Navy only allowed women to go to sea in 1990 – and is evidence that even a male-dominated environment can recognise and reward opportunity for all.

With such a role model to emulate, perhaps little girls will have more ambitious dreams than just having their heart set on becoming princesses.

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