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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.