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Female Navy commander removed from post

The first female commander of a major Royal Navy warship ,who left her vessel last month amid claims she had an affair with a shipmate, has been removed from her post.

A Royal Navy spokesman confirmed that Commander Sarah West had been "removed from command", but said she would remain in the service and be re-appointed to another post.

After her appointment two years ago Cdr West described it as the greatest achievement of her career. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Cdr West, 42, took charge of Type 23 frigate HMS Portland in May 2012, but left her vessel in July when the allegations came to light.

"This is an internal matter between the individual and her senior officers and we will not give further details of the removal", the spokesman added.

Cdr West made history with warship commander role

Commander Sarah West was a headline appointment when she became the first female commander of a frontline warship in the 500-year history of the Royal Navy.

She described taking on the role as the greatest achievement of her career, adding: "I'm looking forward to taking HMS Portland on operations with a professional and focused team."

The stealth-designed HMS Portland, which is in the latter stages of a seven-month deployment across four continents, holds a crew of 185 people. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Earlier this year she said her work commitments made it difficult to have a relationship.

She told the Daily Mirror: "Years at sea probably explains why I'm single. But every person in the military makes sacrifices."


Royal Navy taking affair claims against West 'seriously'

The Royal Navy has said Commander Sarah West can expect to face "appropriate action" if it is proved she had an affair with a shipmate on board HMS Portland.

We are aware of an allegation of a breach of the code of social conduct on board HMS Portland, which we are treating seriously.

Anyone who is found to fall short of the Royal Navy's high standards can expect to face appropriate action. It would be inappropriate to comment further.

– A Royal Navy spokesman

Possible punishments for not meeting the "high standards" include a formal warning, reassignment or even a formal dismissal.

Female Navy commander investigated over 'ship affair'

The first female commander of a major Royal Navy warship has left her vessel following an allegation she had an affair with a shipmate.

A Navy inquiry will consider whether Cdr West breached the armed forces' code of social conduct, which governs personal relationships within the military. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Commander Sarah West, 42, took charge of Type 23 frigate HMS Portland in May 2012 but is understood to have left the ship amid a Navy investigation.

Her second-in-command has taken over the running of the vessel, though Cdr West remains the Commanding Officer.

Queen names Royal Navy's largest ever warship

The Royal Navy’s largest ever warship has been officially named by the Queen in a traditional ceremony held at Roswyth Dockyard in Fife.

ITV News Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward reports:

A bottle of Islay malt whisky, from the first distillery the Queen visited in Scotland, was smashed on the hull of the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier.

At 72,000 tonnes and 932 feet long, Britain's largest ever ship has been named "HMS Queen Elizabeth."

Queen joined by Prime Minister at Royal Navy ceremony

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied by Prime Minister David Cameron and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond at the naming ceremony of Britain's largest ever ship.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied by PM David Cameron and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. Credit: ITV News/Pool

Hundreds of workers, who helped build the HMS Queen Elizabeth, have joined military Chiefs and dignitaries at Roswyth Dockyard in Scotland to witness the Queen's christening of the warship.

The ceremony marks the completion of the Royal Navy's largest ever ship. Credit: ITV News/Pool
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