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.

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.

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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.

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